Used MINI – A Fashionable Choice
When choosing your Mini, you may find the majority of the cars easily accessible via the internet are the modern Coopers from 2000 onwards. For anyone who was born in the late 1980s to early 1990s, you might not bother looking for the ones before; as these will be the only generation you will particularly be familiar with. However it is important when choosing your used Mini to consider the Mini’s which started the Mini craze in the first place. The Mini between the years 1984 to 2000 were extremely individual to the rest of the car market. There wasn’t a car as small as the Mini made by any other makers, and their workmanship was styled in a way that was unique only to them. The Mini’s of 2000 onwards, although they are an upgrade of the originals, and are very good cars in their own right, just don’t hold the same spark. They blend in more with the current market of cars. They are very good cars technically, but there isn’t anything that makes the current Mini stand out, grab your attention and say ‘I am here.’
So what is it about the old classic Mini’s that make them so special? Well for one they were quite roomy for their size. The modern ones don’t quite compare in this aspect. The engines were a little grouchy sounding but quieter than the modern Mini, and the outside exteriors were fashionable at the time with the big grills and the box body Autel Diaglink. Above all else they were sturdy and reliable, a quality Rover is known for.
So if you want to buy a used car that is one of the golden oldies of the Mini family, it’s important to take into consideration a few things. The first generations of Mini are so sought after that there are very few of them online. As such they may be rather expensive due to being a novelty buy. Therefore the second thing to note is that if a Mini is showing its age, for example rusty at the bottom, an almost knackered engine, windows don’t wind down properly, important bits falling off, and the price will drop considerably. As such you can take advantage of the appreciation for the old Mini by buying a Mini that is below par for a cheap price, restore it yourself, and when it is in fantastic condition with nothing faulty or falling off, runs like a dream and has every aspect that makes it look good externally, then you can sell it on for a bigger price, the price these wonders deserve in the thousands market. Or you can keep it for your own enjoyment. If however you are not up to a restoration Autel MaxiDiag MD808, or it would cost more to restore than it would to simply buy a decent one for a little more money, then the cars if in immaculate conditions can range between £3,000 and £7,000, sometimes more dependent on the seller.
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used MINI cars.