Motoring Advice: I'm a farmer. I want a vehicle that's both tough and able for school runs
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'
We've two young children and I need a 4x4 with power and seats. I've a 2011 LWB Landcruiser 3-litre Commercial, 212,000kms. It's in very good condition. I cover 15,000km/yr. I'm full-time farming, so the vehicle must be both tough and able for school runs. I'd appreciate some help. Landcruiser worth €17,000-€19,000. I've a budget of €30,000 including Landcruiser.
Aidan: Have you been offered around €19,000 for your Land Cruiser? If you have, I would take the deal with fingernails and all.
Your mileage is a little saucy and while it won't upset some buyers, I think it reduces its value slightly. Perhaps it won't impact upon your overall budget, but it is better to manage your expectations that you might have to spend a few more euro.
Ideally, you should opt for the Business Edition five-seat Land Cruiser, but it was launched very late in 2013 and is therefore more readily available from 2014. They are rare and highly sought after, two things which stabilise residual values. One of those is out of your reach unless you can boost your budget to somewhere in the mid to late-thirties.
You could look out for a Land Rover Discovery 4, five-seat model, but they are now obsolete and highly prized as there is no successor. Still, a good one of those will do the trick.
Lastly, look for a Toyota Hilux. It's got the seats you need and the off-road abilities.
Eddie: I'd go for the Hilux or the Mitsubishi L200. Good mix of toughness and school-run practicality.
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