Motoring Advice: I am looking for help in selling my Toyota RAV4
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 am looking for help in selling my Toyota RAV4, 2011, 133,000km, diesel, manual, 2.2 litre. I bought it secondhand in 2014 for €24,000 when I was working full time and on a good wage. Unfortunately my circumstances have changed dramatically and I won't be able to pay the road tax (€570) or car insurance (€780) next February. It is also way too big for me now and I do not do the mileage I used to. I do not have any car knowledge and no support in seeking how to go about this. I went back to the Toyota dealer I bought it from and he offered me €12,000.00, I nearly cried and felt foolish as I did not know the questions to ask. I felt he really wanted it back as he kept saying the RAV4 is a great vehicle. I am hoping to get a loan of €2,000 to trade in the RAV and get a car that is solid on the road and has low road tax. What do you recommend?
Aidan: You have your car nearly four years so losing €12,000 in that time is €3,000 a year. That seems reasonable. I think the dealer is being fair. Go back and see what they have in terms of a Corolla or Auris 1.4-litre diesel. You want something with low mileage, a comprehensive service record, and a bit of warranty. Explain your situation. Ask for, and I quote, "the cleanest, happiest story diesel Auris" they know about. That will get the dealer's creative juices flowing and he/she will know what to do. Sometimes an honest conversation can go a long way.
Eddie: Aidan has said exactly what I feel. Get yourself into a decent Corolla or Auris diesel. I hope things improve for you.
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