Finally I decided with much regret that my trusted Corolla has to go and meet its doom at the breakers yard.A faulty carb ,which means a nasty smell of petrol fumes when I start the engine first thing in the morn, set alarm bells ringing and I had visions of being incinerated. So I took the somewhat regrettable decission that she had to go( bit like putting an old dog down). Anyway after deciding on a budget I perused the Fridayad last night for a suitable replacement. Being the tight git that I am on such matters my upper limit was set at £1000. Two car adds leapt up at me : one a Honda Concerto K reg with a price tag of £750 and W reg Suzuki Swift at £990.The reviews for the latter didnt fill me with much confidence:" too many rattles , uncomfortable drive must be kept scrupulously serviced, few safety features etc etc " Nevertheless the "cheap to run,cheap to insure, easy to work on and sound engine" claims raised my hopes. The Honda was very well reviewed but its age / price raised some concerns for me. Next day I took the Honda for a drive to my trusted neighbour who happpens to be a mechanic( good sound bloke too )he looked over it carefully, took it for a drive, all seemed fine and I was getting excited. It also had a good service history! Sadly upon taking a look underneath he noticed a small oil leak My heart sank because as he explained although it could be something relatively easy to replace like the gasket at the rocker end of the engine( forget what its called) near where the cam belt recides, it could also be the head gasket which in this car would cost about £400 to replace. H e then went on to say that could get even worse. The main problem being that its very difficult to give a prognosis on if for no other reason that there is very little room to work in them. Now to the Suzuki. Horrible car to drive.Ugh! But I could live with that.Main problem for me - no service history at least not since 2001 and the bloke had bought it to do up and then sell on so I had no idea what he had done.Claimed a new MOT but my mechanic spotted two things that would normally fail an Mot.Maybe I was bit too suspicious but the vendor did seem a bit of an Arthur Daily. Made me laugh when his missus said "Lovely motor, beautiful drive" yes! Anyway to cut a rather long story short my mechanic pipes in with a "I know someone who is selling Citroen Saxo for £2000 -Y reg. Good car and its has been regularly serviced by me" I feel my teeth gritting because that sort of money takes it dangerously close to poncy level. Fortunately my wifes paying for it so I can shut up. Apparently its well reviewed. She has warned me that on no account am I to put any garden rubbish into it.