Should I buy a 182 or wait and buy a 191?
Car-value expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to help you make the right choice with your next purchase. Gillian is Editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars produced by the Motor Trade Publishers team. The team supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses.
Should I change our car now and buy a 182 or wait until the start of next year? We have a budget of €30k to €40k and do annual mileage of 15,000km - mostly city driving. We have a keen interest in the Toyota RAV4 hybrid as we require just room for four of us. We have an '05 Toyota Avensis to trade in with more than 200,000km on it. We bought it as a demo model, so it has cost us approx €2k to €3k a year over the last 13 years. We are interested in the RAV4 but we wonder, are we better to buy it now for 182 reg with scrappage allowance etc or wait for the new hybrid next year? We presume, though, we won't get as many incentives at the start of the year as what the garages are offering now.
Gillian: The RAV4 hybrid is smack bang in the middle of your budget for the most popular Luna Sport model.
If you buy now, you will get to enjoy your new vehicle throughout the rest of the summer that seems to be shaping up to be a good one.
Current incentives are attractive, and it would be difficult and unnecessary to find any fault with buying now.
If you wait until January, you may be offered similar incentives, and with Toyota going petrol and hybrid only from January 2019, there may be some added deals on certain model ranges and specifications. Research suggests that second-reg plates don't hold a huge premium over first-reg so perhaps a 191 would be a better buy than a 182, but really I am nitpicking here. My honest advice would be buy now and don't look back.
Eddie: Ah, our first difference of opinion, Gillian. My advice would be to hold on until 191-reg time. It's going to be a crazy January for deals, I think.
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