My dad's looking for a car, the usual Golf/Focus/Civic category. I don't mind what he gets particularly, lots of good cars around in that price range, about £10k
However, he's insisting that it's better to buy a 1 year old car than a 3 year old one. I reckon you'll get more car for your money if you buy slightly older, and it's a false economy to buy a 1 year old one.
The amount you'd save by buying an older car would easily pay for the biggest repair bill you'd have, and it's pretty unlikely you'll face it so you're highly likely to come out way ahead.
I can't think of anything that's more likley to happen to a 3yo car than a 1yo..?