Wednesday 21 February 2018

Advice desk: I am 70-years-old and drive a Nissan - when should I change it?

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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?

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