I'm thinking of getting rid of my car (costing me too much a month), and I want a runaround to get me to and from work, the shops, and suchlike. Now, I reckon that I can get something reasonably suited to those purposes for around £1000. It doesn't have to be anything amazing, just not on the brink of collapse! My dad, with whom I had a pointless (and currently unfinished) argument last night, claims that cars are "being run into the ground", ones that cost £1000 will be "dangerous", and will cost so much to keep running in terms of maintenance that my hand will never be out of my pocket (apparently). I condemned this as melodrama and a load of old ********, and have set about proving him wrong. What I need are suggestions from anyone here as to what cars I can pick up around this price range, and which will prove to be reliable. My mate reckons a Mark III Polo might be a goer at or around this budget, and would be very reliable. Is this true? Any ideas gratefully received! I could probably go as high as £1500 (but would rather not). Still, if something is particularly decent at that price point, I'd consider it. Let's hear your ideas, then!