Saturday 18 August 2018

Motoring Advice: Should I buy a Lexus IS300h with 25k on the clock?

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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 considering changing my VW Passat 2015 Highline DSG with38,000km. I am doing very small mileage (10k to 15k a year). I am considering a Lexus 300h petrol hybrid, English import, 25k on clock. Do you think this is a good option? How do they perform on winter road conditions?

Aidan: The IS300h is a lovely machine and frequently recommended. I do not have any first-hand experience with its characteristics in wintry conditions. Suffice to say, all models are tested in a variety of environments before they are into production.

Are you importing one yourself or was the car previously imported some time ago? If the former, then take due diligence when travelling abroad. The UK is wrongly considered a panacea for used cars. Buyers can get bitten if not very careful. Make sure to carry out a history check to verify the car's provenance.

You are spending a good amount, so stick with a main dealer if possible and extract as much from them in terms of a service deal, warranty and whatever else you can muster.

Eddie: I think the Lexus is a good option no matter where you buy. But I'd be worried about you going to all that trouble just to buy a car with 13,000km fewer on the clock. I'd be concerned you'd lose out on both transactions. If you do go ahead I'd source the car/import in Ireland with a reputable dealer and trade in the Passat with him. Yours is a car that will be in demand. The IS300h less so. Make sure you don't lose out on the swings and the roundabouts.

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