Yeah, we lucked out in buying our minivan at the *perfect* time. We actually bought new, when we'd planned to buy used. It was right after the economy tanked. When our car was one year old, its blue book value was higher than the price we paid for it *new*, a year before that! Not bad. But of course that was years ago, so I'm not sure how well it would work out now. But at least knowing that there are car options in the UK, we can try to browse used car listings before we go, get an idea what it would cost, etc., and figure out what makes sense.