I think that's wrong, the old sheds are long gone at this stage, it's the good ones that are left.
Not that recommending a 22 year old car at its youngest is good for someone who isn't mechanically savvy. Any worse than a 10 year old worn out and clocked Mondeo though?
They’re nice cars, I’d have one but if you aren’t very mechanically minded a lot of them are suffering from typical ‘old car issues’ like rusty sills, seals going etc. From the sound of it the guy wanting a car isn’t one for doing like a lot of us and fannying around under cars.
The older shape Skoda Fabias might not be a bad shout or if your budget can go to it Kia Cee’d seem to have a decent reputation.