Five cars to beat Blue Monday

Blue MondayNot feeling particularly with it today? You’re not alone – today is Blue Monday, the day we’re most likely to feel down in the dumps.

So, to cheers us all up, we’ve hit the classifieds and come up with five used car bargains guaranteed to beat away those winter blues.

No, they’re not particularly sensible, and many we wouldn’t buy with our own money. But that doesn’t stop us dreaming on this gloomy Monday…

Caterham Seven


You know how it’s a bit cold and windy out there, and big lumps of Britain are under water? Well, let’s forget about that for a minute. The Caterham Seven is a real back-to-basics fun car for petrolheads that’s impossible to drive without a massive grin emerging on your face.

They do hold their value well, however – so you can’t pick one up cheap, but you won’t lose much in the way of depreciation. See, it’s practically a sensible buy. Tell your other half we said you could have one.

1995 Caterham Seven 1.6-litre Roadsport – £10,995

Volkswagen Beetle


We’ve currently got a bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle on test here at MR  and it’s doing a fantastic job of cheering up the sea of grey and silver vehicles in the car park.

When the old ‘new’ Beetle arrived in the UK back in 1999, it was a must-have fashion accessory – which is why I’m surprised to find a used one, in yellow of course, for less than a grand. It might just be Volkswagen Golf underneath, but one of these is going to be much less dreary than a Mk4 Golf.

2000 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0-litre – £975

Aston Martin V8 Vantage


For a design that’s nudging 9-years-old, doesn’t the Aston Martin V8 Vantage look mighty fine? The interior isn’t bad either – ignore the Ford switchgear and concentrate on the fact you’re driving an Aston. Surely there’s not a great deal that beats that for feel-good factor?

Buying the cheapest on Auto Trader may result in some big bills down the line, but who cares? It might last until summer before that happens.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3-litre – £29,500

Bentley Turbo R


Yes, we’re in danger of overloading on the Brits. But there’s no better way of sheltering from the weather than in your own Bentley. The 6.75-litre V8 engine is anything but frugal but we’re not feeling particularly sensible today.

Like the Aston, you’d be silly to buy the cheapest on Auto Trader. But we are silly, and it’s a bargain…

1988 Bentley Turbo R 6.75-litre – £4,500

Mazda MX-5


Maybe I’m a little bit biased on this one, as I own a Mk1 Mazda MX-5 (as does MR’s CJ). But for pure fun this little two-seater convertible is excellent value for money – especially at this time of year.

We’d go for the Mk1 – they don’t rust quite as much as the Mk2, and what they lack in luxury they make up for in fun. There are plenty about for less than a grand – just be careful they’re not completely rotten. And if they are, well… scrap it and buy another.

1998 Mazda MX-5 1.8-litre Berkeley – £995

So there we have it, five used car bargains guaranteed to put a smile on your face on this dreary Monday. Which one would you go for? What have we missed? Let us know, by commenting below or tweeting us @editorial_MR.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a soundtrack while you search, let us oblige…