Not all of us have a spare £100,000 lying around for a new car.

Many of us don’t even want to get into a finance deal for a new £10,000 model.

And for the real price tag averse motorist, for £1,000 you can buy a solid car that can be practical, reliable and a bit different. Naturally you have to choose the right one and check it out carefully, but it really can be done.

The idea of the most interesting car you can buy for under £1,000 lies behind Pistonheads’ much-loved Shed of the Week.

But alongside the offbeat, powerful or once very pricey cars that have fallen below the £1,000 mark that dominate that column, there is a whole world of other motors that can be had for £1,000. Here are some of our favourites.

The Jaguar S-Type will be thirsty to run but offers a lot of refinement for less than £1,000

Granted, you’ll pay at the pumps, but for the money this is a classy motor.

We love the retro styling, and also love the V6 petrol engine, although you could also get a V8, or even a V6 diesel. Spare parts are expensive, but buying is cheap.

We found a 2002 model with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in SE specification and 80,000 miles on the clock for under a grand.

The Corsa has been a volume selling car in the UK for years, which means spare parts are easy to come across

Vauxhall Corsa

While a model that’s about 12 years old, it still looks fairly contemporary, and the small petrol engines offer a great combination of performance and economy.

This would make a great first car as it’s practical, smart and affordable. Spare parts are in an abundance, so repairs are relatively inexpensive too.

We tracked down a 1.2i SXi model from 2005 with below-average mileage for less than £1,000.

This CR-V is from a time before compact SUVs were popular. It should be a dependable workhorse too

Honda CR-V

Honda always tops the charts for most reliable used vehicles, so this easygoing SUV should be a wise buy.

There can be some electrical issues including air con, but overall this is a rugged and practical vehicle outside and in.

We found one with a full service history and the 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol motor in Sport spec for less than £1,000. It might be 15 years old, but this is a Honda so that rarely matters.

For less than a grand, there isn’t much else out there that offers the level of luxury the 7 Series does

BMW 7 Series E38

This is a simpler vehicle than the latest models, so it can be fixed – mainly suspension and electrics if anything is going wrong.

It’s huge, luxurious and really fun to drive. Buy now because this will have bottomed out in price and should rise.

We found one that’s almost two decades old but had just 100,000 miles on the clock – an average of 5,000 miles a year. The 2.8-litre petrol engine will be thirsty, though.

Want something a little different? The IS was the BMW 3 Series alternative in its day, but prices have sunk below £1,000 today

Lexus IS 200

These can be pricey to fix, so make sure you get a sorted one with a well-documented service history packed with receipts.

They age better than a BMW 3 Series though, and they’re smart, sophisticated and laden with a lot of kit as standard.

Many were high-mile rep-mobiles, so expect to see some big-numbered odometers. We found a 2003 example with the 2.0-litre petrol motor for less than £1,000.

Roomy, practical and reliable – the Mazda 6 is a decent family car choice for tight-budgeted parents

This family-sized hatchback should go on and on – that’s Japanese engineering for you.

It drives well and is built to a good standard, so really just watch out for general wear and tear. The range of petrol and diesel engines is sound too.

We found a 2004 example with the 1.8-litre petrol engine.

If loading is what you’re seeking, then look no further. The Accord Estate has a claimed 626-litre boot capacity – that’s pretty massive

Honda Accord Tourer

This still looks sharp despite being a large-size load lugger.

It’s refined, spacious and should be reliable, particularly if you go for a petrol engine, as diesel turbos can cause trouble.

For less than £1,000 you could pick up a 2003 version with the 2.0-litre petrol engine in a lovely Executive spec. It has 140k on the clock, but that’s running-in mileage for many Hondas.

The minicab favourite, for good reason – diesel Skoda Superbs seem to be going on forever

Minicab drivers loved these, so that’s an indicator that they’re good value.

The diesel engines seem to go on forever, although check for misfires.

Overall, this is a huge, premium saloon and it’s yours for a grand. We found a 1.9-litre diesel with 118,000 miles covered.

Cheap to buy and cheap to run – the 1.0-litre Yaris will do well over 40mpg and even has a sliding rear bench so you can choose between rear legroom and boot space

Toyota Yaris

With Toyota’s legendary levels of reliability, this perfect runaround should prove a sound purchase.

With the 1.0-litre engine we’re recommending, you can see nearly 50mpg as well, and that’s with a lot of standard kit in the CDX trim.

They’ve been holding their value well for a long time, but models are dipping below the grand ceiling.

Saab has gone from the UK market, but this generation 9-5 was popular enough to make spares readily available

Saab 9-5

Another take on the tough, very spacious saloon, with saloons offering better value than the estates.

There can be problems with things like electrics, starter motors, suspension and brakes, but you can still get parts so this isn’t out of date… yet.

You can get hold of a 2003 version with the 2.0-litre petrol potentially with money to spare.