Let’s stick to petrol and go for a 1.6 Titanium X Navigator, again with an automatic gearbox, one owner and just 12,000 miles, all for £12,400.
Some of the big old flat-pack estates are worth a go, such as the Vauxhall Carlton, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo V70. However, you have to make sure that the front passenger seat will recline all the way. From around £1000 you can get a double bed in the back, which can be handy. I looked for a Carlton on the basis that I thought they might all be dead but found a 1994 Diamond-spec estate with a 3.0-litre engine, 125,000 miles and yours for £2000.
Obviously the best bet is always to go and see the car in question and play with the seats. Sometimes there are specification anomalies that mean it might not measure up, so yes, Alan needs to take a tape measure.
What we almost bought this week: Fiat Seicento 1.1 SX
A tidy-ish 1993 Cinquecento with 37,000 miles for £1500, or a tidier 2002 Seicento with 43,000 miles for £995? Tricky. The Cinquecento has character and the cool Sporting variant association; the Seicento is bland but in better nick (recent cambelt and water pump, 12 months’ MOT). So, as much as it pains us, we’ll take it. Almost.
Tales from Ruppert’s garage: Land Rover Series 3, Mileage: 133,640