Sunday 18 August 2019

Helpdesk: What second-hand car should I get for €15,000?


Ford Fiesta and Focus ST line
Ford Fiesta and Focus ST line

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 the former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

I am driving a 2-litre diesel 2005 Kia Sportage 4x4. I'm looking to change next year for a second-hand. Town driving, M50 mostly, doing about 1,200km a month. Tax €730. I don't need a 2-litre most of the time. I am in the car on my own. Weekends: two adults and two children. Have about €15k to work with. Was looking at a two-year-old Peugeot 2008 model. Diesel or petrol?

Aidan: Your annual travel is under 15,000km. A lot of that is town driving and traversing the M50, which can be like driving in a town. I think it's petrol for you. The 2008 is a good shout as they sold well with the 1.2-litre petrol engine so you should have choice.

Opt for an Active model at a minimum and favour low mileage. 2016-plate models might be too far a stretch but don't settle for less than a 2015 version. Also, look out for a 1.2-litre petrol Skoda Octavia. They are in demand so be quick if you find a proper one. It would make for a comfortable family car when fully loaded.

Lastly, look at the Ford Focus with the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. Most are Zetec or better and it is a frugal, well-built motor. Imported models have a higher power output (125bhp) so be careful with those offered here. Make sure you run a history check before proceeding. Best to stick with a dealer who has done due diligence.

Eddie: Great choices, Aidan, and I can't quibble. But with two growing - emphasis on growing - children, I think you'll all badly miss the Sportage's space and flexibility over time. You don't need diesel or 4x4 but I feel you'd cherish a Crossover. And I think you might sneak a 14-reg Nissan Qashqai 1.2-litre petrol into the top end of your budget. Well worth a try.

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