Nov 302015







Need a small family car? It has to be either a posh VW Golf or a hardworking Ford Focus.

Why Buy?

No one ever made a mistake by choosing a VW Golf. Even now, after the diesel scandal, these are still regarded as well built, practical and reliable. The Ford Focus has a bit more of a twist, it is still practical and cost effective to run, but it is also fun to drive. Many buyers like that.

Which models?

 The 2004-2009 Golf is regarded as the period when the model returned to form. They have decent safety equipment and the SE is the best spec. The all-new Focus had a tough act to follow, but it is stylish, spacious and reliable. LX specification has air conditioning.

Are they reliable?

The Golf has proved to be very trustworthy, the trouble is that fixing the Golf is always more costly than the Ford, by some margin. Also, Warranty Direct makes it clear that overall the Focus has proved to be the more reliable buy. So for cost and overall reliability the Focus wins.

How much do they cost?

It is now possible to buy high mileage examples from 2004 to 2005 at below £2000. Late examples are now around £8000, usually the high spec sporty ones. The focus is often discounted and around in large numbers so prices start at just over £1000 rising to £7800 or so.

Sum Up: Golf means style and quality, but it will cost more to run. The Focus means low running costs and reliability, the sensible choice.

Volkswagen Golf

 Average Repair Cost: £306.97

Axle and Suspension: 19.41%*

Electrical: 16.47%*

Engine: 21.76%*

Warranty Direct Rating: Average

* Failure rate

Ford Focus

Average Repair Cost: £280.83

Electrical: 30.39*

Axle/Suspension: 15.31%*

Engine: 16.47*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average

* Failure rate

Jul 302008

Ford FocusFollowing from the 2007 report from fish4cars ( which identified the Ford Fiesta as the most frequently searched car in the first half of the year, fish4cars can unveil the new “top ten” of the UK’s favourite makes and models for 2008.

In contrast to the results from the same time last year, we can reveal that the Ford Focus has overtaken the Ford Fiesta in popularity, and that the Ford brand has a staggering 4 makes and models listed in the top ten.

The fish4cars top ten by make and model between Feb and June 2008:

  1. Ford Focus                      272,220 searches                 (+3)
  2. Vauxhall Corsa                240,626 searches    (-)
  3. Volkswagen Golf             236,482 searches                 (-)
  4. Ford Fiesta                      225,342 searches                 (-3)
  5. BMW 3 Series                 218,003 searches                 (+2)
  6. Vauxhall Astra                  213, 484 searches                (New entry)
  7. Renault Clio                     196,827 searches                 (-1)
  8. Peugeot 206                    189,426 searches                 (-3)
  9. Ford Ka                            168,407 searches                 (+1)

10. Ford Mondeo                   153,448 searches                 (New entry)

Joe Slavin, fish4 CEO said. “The results clearly show that Brits love their small run-around, but it is good to see that people are still interested in the high performance cars like the BMW. Last year the Fiesta was the most popular searched for car on the site, this year the Focus has taken the helm. It is also good to see two new entries into the Top Ten – being the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Astra”.

Stewart Black, Head of Sales fish4cars said, “The statistics reflect the current market perfectly. With fuel prices rising and consumers having less disposable income, the popularity of the small economical car will continue to rise. With more and more dealers signing up to fish4cars we are in a strong position to offer a diverse range of economical run-arounds as well as high performance models”.

fish4cars offers the following tips for spending your money wisely when buying a 2nd hand car:

  • Prioritise your needs      – make sure you know what you will need your car for! Long journeys? For      just yourself or a family? Shopping? Golf?
  • Set a budget and      stick to it – you can check your credit rating and get loan advice from      the fish4 site.
  • Research as much as      possible and set up email alerts so that you get up to date information on      the cars you like which are available. You can do this through your mobile      too:
  • Compare prices on      vehicles you want to see – make sure they are competitive, and always see      the car in good day light
  • When viewing the car      – check for rust and badly worn tyres as well as all the documentation. It      is best to have someone with you for a 2nd opinion
  • Test drive the car –      and check windows, breaks, lights, tax disc, spare tyre, the boot as well      as under the bonnet

Top 3 makes searched on fish4cars in key cities and regions:

London                       Volkswagen, BMW, Ford

Essex                         Ford, Vauxhall, Renault

Wales                         Ford, Renault, Vauxhall

Oxford                         Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot

Glasgow                     Ford, Volkswagen, Vauxhall

Manchester                Ford, Volkswagen, Vauxhall

Worcs                         Ford, Vauxhall, Renault

Birmingham               Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot

Gtr Manchester          Ford, Renault, Peugeot

Brighton                      Ford, Peugeot, Vauxhall

Liverpool                    Ford, Vauxhall, Renault

Newscastle                Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen

Wiltshire                     Ford, Vauxhall, BMW

Inner London              Ford, Vauxhall, BMW

Southampton             Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot

Leeds                         Ford, Volkswagen, Peugeot

York                             Ford, Vauxhall, Renault