Verdict: leave it
Seat Alhambra, £9750
Few cars are as good at dealing with everyday family life as a seven-seat Seat Alhambra. This 2014 example – a 2.0 TDI diesel with a manual gearbox – appears to be in excellent condition for its 103,000 miles. It has had a new towbar and wind deflectors fitted and the cambelt was changed at 88,000 miles. It’s all backed by a fully stamped service history, too.
Verdict: take it
Kia Sportage, £1759
The price might be tempting for a model as robust as the Kia Sportage, but this 2009 car, powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, has its drawbacks. Despite having recently passed its MOT, it beeps when indicating, says its owner, and its rear bumper has paint damage and the rear windows have some “slightly sticky residue” from removed window tints.