Advice helpdesk: I drive a Toyota Avensis diesel but want to trade up
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 2008 2.0-litre Toyota Avensis diesel with 267,000kms on the clock. This car has served me well over the years. However, I wish to trade up soon. My drive to and from work is 500km a week, all rural driving in Co Cork, plus some urban at the weekend. I would like another diesel with similar power and reliability with a 2013/2014 reg. What make/model would you advise? Would I be better trading in or selling my current car privately?
Aidan: I think you would be better to sell privately but, for ease of transaction purposes, take it along with you when trying out replacement cars and get a sense for the difference between trading in or buying straight. You will fare excellently by sticking with another saloon as values have softened because of an increase in supply, a reduction in demand and a tendency by customers to go the SUV route. Use this to your advantage to pick yourself up a bargain with another Avensis. You are in a 2008 model. A 2013/2014-plate will put you into the model which replaced yours. It has the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which many prefer to the newer 1.6-litre unit. Opt for a Strata or Luna model if you can. Such is the level of volume here that you will not have to pay a ransom more for additional specification over a somewhat basic Aura model.
Eddie: I'd be inclined to stick with the Avensis too, though I like the 1.6-litre. Good time to be buying a saloon. Loads of choice. Sell your own privately. You won't get much but you will benefit in doing a cash deal for the new one.
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