Tell her to avoid early Micras unless she likes welding.
Front crossmembers rot for fun.
Floor pans and sills bad too.
Avoid Clio's like a double dose of the plague.
Had a look round a 1998ish VW Polo a couple of weeks back..
Just over 100K miles and a pretty basic model.
Apart from the usual tyres, wipers, brake pads and other minor stuff, it seems in good condition for a car that age.
Couldn't spot any rot underneath at all.
Upper body looks good on the paint with no signs of body work done.
All suspension, rubber boots, joints ect seem fine and don't look to have been changed recently.
Could have been well looked after I suppose, but compared to a Micra, Clio, Punto, Corsa of same age, it's a minter.
Sounds just like a Golf when you shut the doors too.
Maybe one to look at.
If £1,000 is all she's got to her name, tell her that any car in that price range can easily drain a few hundred quid more even if it came with 12 months MOT.
A clutch, a few borderline tyres, new brakes and OMG that cheap car ain't cheap any more, especially if she has to pay for repairs.
Tis a minefield out there.
Try and find an ex granny car. They generally turn out a decent buy.