One for the Road: A car with room for Rover
Sunday 31 August 2014
Shirley Hannon has a big dog, but doesn't want a big car to take it in. What can she buy for £8,000?
A Car for Head
Shirley needs to get herself either a roomy hatchback, a small estate or a compact people carrier. The important thing is to have a decent-sized boot and low loading lip, so that Shirley's hound can hop in and out. A dog guard would also help to make the boot a designated area and make it safer for Shirley. I'd pick the Seat Ibiza as being a good value choice. A 2013 1.6 TDI CR SE is a great smallish estate and costs around £8,000 with the balance of the manufacturer warranty. And vehicle tax is £30.
A Car for Heart
Then there is the compact people-carrier option. There are lots to choose from, but the Vauxhall Meriva (above) has an interesting twist. The rear doors hinge from the back so that a dog could potentially get in and out easily. So rather than making her hound travel economy class in the boot, Shirley can put it in the comfy rear seats. Strapped in, of course. She should go for a 1.4 petrol, as that will return a decent 47mpg. I found a 2011 1.4SE with dog-friendly leather upholstery for £8,000, from a dealer.
Looking to buy?
Email James Ruppert at email@example.com, giving your age, address and phone number, details of the type of vehicle in which you are interested, and your budget
Life & Style blogs
Men in tights: getting to the bottom of the latest trend
Night Nurse could put drivers over new drug limit
Snapchat removed the Best Friends list feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Xbox Live down: gaming service breaks itself, but hackers claim credit
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is a two form entry primary schoo...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...