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Have a look on Autotrader for an older hatchback with one owner, low mileage and a decent service history. If it ticks those boxes, it was almost certainly bought from new by a very careful pensioner who has now died or given up driving. Nissan Micra, Fiat Panda, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, that sort of thing. There are loads of them knocking about and they're surprisingly cheap because they're so unfashionable - for £2,000, you can get a car with less than 20,000 miles on the clock, which is absolutely nothing for a modern car.
Don't worry about age. A lot of these cars will be knocking on for 20 years old, but that means nothing as long as the mileage is low and there are plenty of stamps in the service book. Check around the sills and wheel arches for rust if you want, but you're very unlikely to see any significant corrosion.
The only thing to really look out for on these cars is the clutch and gearbox. Old dodders have a tendency to really chew them up, so make sure that changing gears feels positive and doesn't involve any nasty noises. Faded paintwork or minor scuffs and dings are nothing to worry about, but do check around the driver's seat for wear - if the clock says 12,000 miles but the steering wheel looks battered and the carpet is balder than Ainsley Harriot, the clock is probably lying.