Wednesday 23 January 2019

Should I run my car to the ground or buy something else?


Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia

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'm a widow, early 50s; have a 2012 diesel Skoda Octavia, 110,000km. I don't do much mileage but use my car for work so I like diesel. This is the longest I've held on to a new car. Now I'm reconsidering my decision to run it into the ground - wondering if it would cost crazy money to change when I eventually do, wondering if getting a new, or newer car is just a vanity project. I've no idea what I should buy. I like the idea of a Kia Sportage or something like that. I really don't want to wander around car dealers in a mindless heap and buy on impulse.

Aidan: Your Octavia is still relatively fresh and should service your motoring needs for a while to come. You cover around 18,000kms, so a diesel is still fine for you.

As a rough guide, expect your car to fall by around €2,000 for each of the next few years. Ask yourself if you'll be able to afford to change it when the time comes. If the answer is no, then move now and get the Sportage.

Eddie: I'd change to another Skoda, the Karoq SUV, purely because you'll likely get more for your Octavia with a 'same-brand' dealer. I wouldn't wait; I'd change now.

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