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One For The Road: A practical small car that's cheap to insure

Brian Gill needs to buy a car for his daughter Monica, which must be cheap to insure and run, as he wants to use it, too. He has around £5,000 to spend.

One For The Road: A first car with room for two bikes inside

Toby Smith is 35 and a keen cyclist, but now needs a driving licence and car for his new job. He has up to £1,500 available for an economical first car.

A3 (1921): The first Aston – originally names the Coal Scuttle – was built in 1915. After the First Wold War, three more prototypes were built and this – A3 – is the oldest ever Aston still in existence

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Stephen Le Roux needs to share a car with his wife that they can part-exchange in a few years for a more family-friendly model. They have £10,000 to spend.

Cpl Tom Neathway and his vehicle

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One For The Road: A funky upgrade on a less-than-hot hatch

Graham Harrison's Nissan Note has been spacious and reliable ferrying guitars and grandchildren without complaint. He now wants something "funkier" and has a budget of £12,000.

One For The Road: A local car for local journeys (with dog in tow)

Joanna Williams covers around 2,000 miles a year on mainly short local journeys, sometimes with her lurcher dog in tow, but the car should not be sluggish. She has £10,000 to spend.

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Los Angeles Auto Show 2012: European firms dominate

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One for the Road: A family car suitable for the countryside

Patrick Douglas wants a car that his father can get in and out of easily. The whole family is moving to the country. The buying budget is up to £24,000.

Road to redemption: How the architectural influence of the motor car transformed England

Within walking distance of some of west London's finest stretches of parkland is one of its most dismal sections of highway. On a cold, grey day in November, the vicinity of the M4 flyover at Brentford, not far from the mellow, tree-lined avenues of Gunnersbury and Osterley, is a spectacle of shuddering ugliness.

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One For Road: Let's go for something a little wild

Margaret Antrobus has a bad back, but needs to replace her Toyota Yaris and has £10,000 to spend on either a direct replacement or something wilder, like a convertible.

One for the Road: A compact car that's not short on space

Nigel Williams and his wife have two cars – a 4x4 and a small hatch – but want to downsize to one that is compact but spacious, with a budget of £7,000.

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