Friday 20 September 2019

My budget is €1,000 including trade-in. What should I buy?


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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'

My circumstances are that I drive a 2001 Fiat Punto with 101,000 miles (not km) on the clock. I drive 12/13,000 miles a year. My previous car was 1993 Fiat Uno. I've had the current car for eight or nine years and before that the Uno for eight years. Budget €1,000 including trade-in. I have no requirement for seats other than one at the front for most miles, after that one at the rear for my grandson and one at the front for occasional passenger. What should I be looking at for the next 10 years?

Aidan and Eddie:

Your best bet is a well-minded Punto. You seem to like and have had a good record with the Fiats.

Your budget is small - no disrespect - so take the greatest care in the world before you buy.

The problem is you will probably have to buy privately and that can be risky. Might be worth checking with a couple of dealers to see if they have something old coming in as a trade-in.

You don't need us to tell you to be careful. A lot can go wrong, or be just about to, with a car of that age and value.

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* Budget (including trade-in).

* Annual mileage (in kms).

* Size of car required (number of seats).

* Present car (make, model, year and mileage) if relevant.

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