While the new car market has seen sales decrease in recent years, the used car market has gone from strength to strength.
A recent count showed that about eight million cars are currently being bought and sold on the used car market in the UK each year.
They often offer a much more cost-effective solution for buyers, and it's always fun to bag a bargain – especially when they come with our seal of approval.
You’re certainly not short of choice as our online showroom proves, with plenty of cars available for less than £8,000 at the time of writing.
A quick skim shows just how much car you can get for the money, with our list of options below arguably highlighting it most clearly.
No prizes if you guessed the Fiesta was going to appear on this list because it's absolutely brilliant.
With its handsome looks, excitable handling, and strong range of engines, the Fiesta is a longstanding champ.
This is true for the latest- and previous-generation models alike, which is why £8k doesn't leave you short of choice at all.
Not only does it get essentials like DAB and Bluetooth connectivity, some examples even have luxuries like leather seats and climate control.
This sharp-looking five-door hatchback is perfect for nipping around city streets.
You can easily access 2017 Aygo models with an £8k budget, with the acclaimed 1.0-VVT-I petrol version – which can sip fuel to 68 miles per gallon – being our pick of the bunch.
The Corsa is a likeable all-rounder that’s always fun to drive.
Several Corsas sit below the £8k mark, with cars powered by Vauxhall's 1.4-litre ecoFLEX engine being especially good.
This gives this fairly spacious hatchback enough poke and economy to make it an excellent all-rounder.
While it may be true that Kia has successfully pushed itself upmarket with well-made, reliable models like the Ceed, a used car buyer can still access great-value second-hand examples with an £8k budget.
With that, you get a spacious five-seat, five-door family hatchback, which when powered by Kia's 1.4-litre petrol engine mixes decent grunt with an official economy of around 46mpg combined.
Despite its dinky size, this is a five-door hatchback and is available with an economy-focused 1.0-litre engine that can return up to 61mpg combined.
Find a car in SE trim, and you'll get mod-cons like electric door mirrors and cruise control.
One of the most fashionable small cars on the road is the Fiat 500.
Even on a sub-£8k budget, you can bag a 2016 1.2-litre petrol three-door 500 that looks the part and even comes with fuel-saving start-stop technology, helping it return up to 60mpg combined.
Best of all is the Fiat 500's retro styling inside and out, which has served the model well since the 21st-century iteration launched in 2007.
Budget motoring needn't see you compromise on style.