I need a work vehicle - what's available for £3500?

I bought a Suzuki Carry in November, but it got stolen 46 days later. I need something else before starting work again (I'm a decorator). I'm struggling to find anything that's petrol, without high mileage. Are there any small vans available in my £3500 budget? Would an Estate be spacious enough? If I end up with a car, I fancy an automatic. I've seen a Renault Kangoo that could be turned into a van, but a lot of reviews have put me off. I've also looked at a Ford Focus Estate online, but I don't know if it's big enough. Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you for you time.

Asked on 25 January 2018 by Tony

Answered by Dan Powell
Have you considered the Vauxhall Astravan? It's based on the Astra Estate and has metal panels in place of the rear windows. It's relatively inexpensive to run and will carry loads measuring 1.78m long and 1.38m wide (with 1.10m between the wheelarches). For our full Vauxhall Astravan review and used buying guide, see: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/vauxhall/astrava...6
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