I am looking for a small second-hand car that would get me to the train station or into the city, and would be our second car. My budget is $5000-$10,000. My current short list is VW Up and Toyota Echo. What do you think of them? Are there any others I should consider?
I wouldn't consider any of the European brands, they're too expensive and cost too much to run. That rules out the Up. Asian brands, particularly the better-known and well-respected Japanese brands are a much better bet, which rules in the Echo. The Asian brands tend to be more reliable and cost much less to run. Another to look at in your situation is the Suzuki Alto.