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First published: 12th October 2015


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Used Car Heroes: Our search for the UK's best used cars under £15,000

We're on a mission to find the best used cars for under £15,000 – but we need your help. Every week we’ll bring you a new top three. All you have to do is tell us your favourite

First published: 12th October 2015
The plan:
Here at Auto Trader we're launching a search for the best, most interesting, most iconic and most fun used cars in Britain. The aim is to crown our top five 'Used Car Heroes' across five different price points, starting with brilliant cars that cost just a few hundred quid, and topping out with exotic V10 bargains that can be snapped up for less than £15,000.

Our team of experts has been busy trawling through the hundreds of thousands of classifieds on Auto Trader to uncover some hidden gems. After a few heated debates, we whittled down our final shortlist, and are putting forward three different cars in each price point for your viewing pleasure, and careful consideration.

We'll be posting three videos each week to help you chose between these contenders, and then you can vote for your favourites - or come up with your own suggestions for some used car bargains. Once the voting closes, we'll be doing a video rundown with the winners from each price point, and a special film with the overall champion.
Used Car Heroes: £1000 - £3000
Used Car Heroes: £3000 - £6000
How we chose them:
Obviously, we're well aware that the best used cars need to be reliable, practical and good value, but the aim of our search was to find a few of the unsung automotive icons that can be picked up for a song (well, cash, but you get the idea).

Now, that might sound subjective, but for us 'unsung' simply meant interesting, beautiful or fun. Most people know that a Mazda MX-5 is a brilliant way to get cheap open-air thrills, but what about the less obvious choices?

The only stipulation was that every car we featured had to be available on, and fit within our strict price points. We've given you plenty of variety, from brilliant 4x4s, to sports cars and hot hatches.

We were amazed at some of the cars we uncovered, and we're looking forward to sharing them with you over the coming weeks, and to seeing your own choices - voting opens with the first video, and closes on the 30th of November.
Used Car Heroes: £6000 - £10k
Used Car Heroes: £10k - £15k
Five categories to choose from: