The Ford Fiesta is an enormously successful subcompact car, produced by the Ford Motor Company since 1976. The first Fiesta was introduced into Australia for the 2004 model year, taking out Australia’s Best Cars “Best Small Car” award the same year.
The Ford Fiesta is known as a great “first car”, because of its size, affordability and safety credentials. Used Ford Fiesta models began to appear on the Australian used car market within a few years of its release as first-time car buyers began upgrading to larger models.
After initial slow sales, Ford dropped the price of the Fiesta by $500 in 2005, prompting a drop in the retained value of previous models – good news for those in the market for a used Ford Fiesta.
Early used Ford Fiesta models are available in three trim levels – three-door and five-door LX, the sporty three-door Zetec and the more luxurious five-door Ghia. For value-for-money, the LX is a great used Ford Fiesta choice; for just a few hundred dollars extra, go for the five-door over the three-door for even better value.
You can find a great deal of information on used Ford Fiestas online, including prices, availability and reviews of different used Fiesta models. Most people will purchase a used Ford Fiesta from either a private seller or a licensed used Ford Fiesta dealer - “shop around” for the best prices before making your final decision.
It’s important to remember that while you may be able to get a cheaper price on a used Ford Fiesta from a private seller, you need to be very careful to ensure that the car is both mechanically-sound and debt-free. Buying from a used Ford Fiesta dealer will bump up the price a bit, but you’re less likely to end up with a lemon. Take the time to do the research, compare the options and decide what’s important to you before you buy your used Fiesta.