James Ruppert: the used cars that are tyred but not worn out

6 readers q hybrid clio
6 readers q hybrid clio

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Maserati Ghibli: Having read our piece on Japanese imports a few months back, Richard wanted to bring us up to date on his latest purchase: “It’s a Japanese-market 1994 Maserati Ghibli (57,000 miles), and it looks and drives like new. So I now have three Japanese imports: Zagato Lexus, Camaro and now the Ghibli. This is my third Biturbo-era Maserati, having previously owned a 1985 coupé and 1990 convertible, and I have to say I have been very impressed by the quality of them, completely at odds with their reputation in the press.”

Readers’ questions

Question: We want to change our daily diesel runaround to a small hybrid hatchback. What can I get for £18,000? Christine Taylor, Buckingham

Answer: If you’re looking for ‘really small’, the Toyota Yaris could be a good way to go, with models around two to three years old available from just over £14,000. For something a bit larger, why not consider the Renault Clio E-Tech? We found a 2020 RS Line model in the classifieds for £17,995. You’ll get lots of equipment, including cruise control, climate control and sat-nav, and Renault claims you’ll be able to get around 64.2mpg. Alternatively, if you’re able to stretch your budget to £20,000, you could get a nearly new VW Golf eTSI. JW

Question: Should I be worried about buying a used car if it has had multiple owners? Mark Thomas, via email

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