Should I keep my Opel Astra saloon or take the €10,000 quote for a trade-in?
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.
I've put up 145,000km on the Opel Astra saloon 1.6i SE diesel I bought new ( for cash) in Feb 2015. It is driving well (motorway mostly). I was advised recently that the Astra saloon is to be discontinued from end of this year. Also I was told my car was worth about €10,000 as a trade-in. I don't need to replace the car and am tempted to basically drive it into the ground, but I'm also wondering how economically sensible that is with more efficient diesels, petrol and hybrids available on the market. I need five seats (three kids in the back) and could lay my hands on €5-€10K plus a bank loan if a sensible case could be made to make a change.
Gillian: The €10k quoted as a trade-in sounds good with your kms reading so if you are thinking of changing, pin that dealer down. If you don't need to replace and you are happy with the car, I wouldn't be concerned about a discontinuation. That's my sensible financial head talking. If you want to change your car - three years is a nice time to think about changing again - and listen to my petrol head talking then I suggest you consider the Opel Mokka X 1.6 Dsl - only launched at the end of 2016 so not going anywhere. By sticking with the brand (I'm assuming that's where you'll get your €10k trade in) and for an additional €8k/€10k you can pick up a 162/17 SC model.
Eddie: Take that trade-in deal and buy yourself a diesel Astra Sports Tourer, which Opel tells me is NOT being discontinued. You get seating for three behind and loads of luggage space.
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