Hi guys. My old Peugeot 307 HDi died last week, the cambelt snapped. So I have no car at the moment. I will ultimately be spending around £6500 to £7500 probably on a Nissan Qashkai petrol 1.6 as I really like the way the car looks. Until finances are sorted, I need a cheap car to get around. My mobile mechanic says he's got a mate who could repair my car for around £700 and that it's likely the tappets will need replacing as opposed to lots of bent rods and pistons. Apparently he fixed a Citroen where the belt snapped and tappets needed replacing. Alternatively, my mechanic owns an old white 1.7 diesel Cavalier with 160K he said I could buy for £575. I know it wouldn't give me any problems because I know he looks after cars. But it's 1993 lol and my insurers Churchill won't insure anything older than 25 years. I'm at a brick wall really. I started looking on AutoTrader for any cars up to £700. Descriptions look good, but many have 3 or 4 owners which worries me. Cars like Astras. So anyway, I don't want to waffle on but I'm scratching my head. What on earth should I do to get a cheap runaround car that I know isn't dodgy, going to break down, etc? Am I better going through a dealer or private? Anyone here near London got a cheap car for sale that is reliable?