Rooting in the bargain bin


A 17-year-old base model Rover 45 may not top the list of dream cars for most people, but what if it cost you less than the price of your next bus trip?

HonestJohn’s Craig Cheetham managed to pick up a bog standard 2000 1.4L Rover 45 for just £3.19 (€3.74) courtesy of a recent eBay auction. It’s not the most exciting of cars, with highlights including roll-up windows and plastic wheel trims, but that’s not bad for the cost of a sandwich.

Considering the price, you might be expecting total engine failure, or perhaps a broken axle. But its new owner managed to drive it home (after a jump start and some air in the tyres) without too much hassle. Two months later, Cheetham reports that the Rover is still running, with the only investment being a little elbow grease to clean it inside and out, a wheel swap and the occasional fill of petrol.

“We think this may be the cheapest used car in Britain,” said’s Editorial Director, Daniel Harrison. “And while buying it may have been initially for a bit of fun, there are a couple of serious points to take from this. First, that the UK has some of the cheapest – if not THE cheapest – used cars in Europe, meaning that you can run a half-decent car even if you’re on a tight budget and second that our consumerist society leads to massive depreciation, or otherwise perfectly usable cars being prematurely scrapped. There are few other places in the world where you could find a fully functional used car this cheaply, but the very fact that we did it proves that it’s entirely possible.”

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