Advice desk: Would another diesel be advisable?
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'
I drive a Mondeo 1.6 diesel, 131-reg with 100,000kms on the clock. I do 45,000km/50,000km a year. Should I change now at this mileage, or wait two years when more hybrids may be available? I don't think I would buy a-new car (perhaps one or two years old, or a demo). Would another diesel be advisable?
Aidan: I think you should trade it. Your situation is trickier than might appear. Your Mondeo has average mileage for its age, but in two years you might find a seven-year-old car with 200,000km is not worth a great deal.
For me, you need something reliable and that means as much warranty as possible, so buy a fresh used car (even a tiny mileage one-year-old's values will be moderated by the amount of competition there is at the upper end of the market) and change every two to three years.
It might cost more to change more regularly, but hefty repair bills could be mitigated this way. Diesel again. Another Mondeo, but a 2-litre this time.
Eddie: Change asap. High mileage outweighs cost of purchasing newer sooner. Plot the route Aidan has laid out and you won't go wrong. And it has to be a diesel. As well as a Mondeo, I'd look for a fresh Skoda Superb 2-litre diesel.
I have a 2007 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 with (340,000kms).It is used five days a week to commute. I drive an average of 35,000kms annually. I visited a few garages recently and the most I was offered as a trade-in was €1,500. I can only afford a budget of €11k. I would appreciate any advice you can give me. I am driving on a wing and a prayer, there are so many things wrong.