Advice desk: I am 70-years-old and drive a Nissan - when should I change it?
Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'
My car is a Nissan Tiida 1.6 SE 2007 which I bought in 2009 for €15,000. Annual mileage: 16,000km. I have seldom bought a new vehicle over my 45 years of car ownership. I usually change when a car is six/seven years old and buy a two-year-old then, usually Nissan. I would probably stay with Nissan now. The reason I've retained the present car is I just like the comfort and performance. It has been reliable and a good fit for me. I have let the change intervals 'drift'. Maybe that's a mistake as I realise a 10-year-old will not do much as a 'trade in'. Road tax of around €580 is another negative. I am 70 years old and not interested in a new car. Any observations/advice for me?
Aidan: How about a Nissan Pulsar? It's a hatchback of similar proportions to your Tiida and it comes with a lovely 1.2-litre petrol engine. You say that you buy two-year-old cars but I think you should look at a 161-plate, even though it is not fully two years old just yet. There is good value at the top end of the market so you won't need to spend a whole pile more to get a fresher car. There are even a few automatic models doing the rounds. You want a Nissan and you seem to love your Tiida; the Pulsar is a logical replacement.
Eddie: Left-fielder here for you. I think you'd do a great deal with a Dacia Sandero. Technically it's in a smaller segment than the Tiida but it's a big, roomy, no-frills, car nonetheless. You'd pick up a good two-year-old for decent money now. Or maybe even buy one new with a three-year warranty for around the €13,000 mark?