Should I drive my car into ground or update it?
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 drive a 151 Honda Civic 1.6 diesel, bought new, 120k on the clock; 40k/45k per year, three-quarters motorway driving; 65mpg from car, no children at the moment. My wife has the main family car.
Should I drive my car into ground (Honda are bullet-proof) or should I update my car? It's only used as a commuter car so if I update I'm open to selling it privately or trade in with a dealer. Any model or size car will do as long as it's reliable and good economically.
I don't want to be paying out serious money to just put up 40k a year.
Aidan and Eddie:
Sorry to be blunt but 45k a year is serious mileage and our instinct is for you to change.
You are doing phenomenally on MPG so the advice is, trade in against the newly arrived 1.6-litre diesel Civic. If it ain't broken, don't fix.
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