Is it wiser to change my car now, or drive for another year and pay more?
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 141 Highline Golf petrol. Is it wiser to change now (60,000kms) or drive for another year and pay more. I trade in every four years; hire purchase, no cash. Am I giving away a car with too little mileage? What about a hybrid?
Aidan/Eddie: You are not giving away anything. You are using your car as leverage to reduce the cost of your next purchase. The market is screaming out for low mileage, well-kitted petrol cars like your Golf.
You'll attract a great deal of interest from dealers with it. You're going to change within the next 12 months regardless so you may as well sell your car while the prices are in your favour. Hybrid is a good option but there is nothing wrong with getting another Golf.
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