Motoring Advice: Can you lead me in the right direction for buying in GB or Northern Ireland?
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 have a 07 Toyota Corolla Verso Luna with 160km bought new. I have a budget of €12k-€15k, including whatever I get for the Toyota. Annual mileage is now 12k pa. I have two teenagers and one will be learning to drive next year so am looking for maybe a 1.4 petrol - I like the Audi A3 or a Golf. I love the Volvo V40 but am unsure about 1.6 diesel and feel it's a bit small in the back and boot. Am wondering about buying from GB or the North. Can you lead me in the right direction?
Aidan: I encourage you to price-check the insurance market. Dare I say it again this week but a petrol Auris could be the easiest solution here. You might fare better by sticking with the same brand with your trade-in. You will get a 1.33-litre Luna model Auris. Typically, the VW Golf is ageing brilliantly. The upper end of your budget will buy you a new-shape 1.2-litre TSi Comfortline model (also displayed as CL). Either would be a nice transition from your Verso and a great entry to motoring for your teenager.
Eddie: It's simple for me. Buy an Auris seeing as you have a Toyota. Or buy a 1.2-litre Golf or Ford Focus because there is such choice due to a combined 10,000 of the two cars being imported so far this year.
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