Friday 19 July 2019

'The easy option for us would be to buy a nice second-hand diesel but wewant to make a point of buying EV/PHEV'

This week leading car-values expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Independent Motors to help readers make the right choice with their next car purchase. Gillian is editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars as part of the Motor Trade Publishers team. The prestigious company supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses

Spacious... the new Fabia estate has loads more headroom
Spacious... the new Fabia estate has loads more headroom

First of all, a huge welcome to Gillian Keogh and a fond farewell to Aidan Timmons. We wish them both the best in their new roles. Because it is Gillian's first week, it is only fair she should get pride of place, so I'll return with my tuppence worth of advice in conjunction with her next week. All yours, Gillian.

I drive a 2006 Hyundai Elantra (great car but on its way out). I do 10,000km/year. Looking for an estate/SUV for family of four to fit car seats/buggies/travel cot etc. I feel EV charging isn't good enough yet. I've been considering a PHEV as I can charge it with a granny cable and don't have to worry about long journeys. I've seen various models such as Mitsubishi Outlander, Kia Niro etc. Budget is between €10k and 15k - may have to stretch it. Easy option is to buy a nice second-hand diesel but want to make a point of buying EV/PHEV. Advice?

Gillian: First off, I would say buy a petrol, because 10,000km a year doesn't warrant a diesel.

The PHEV models you mention are too new for your budget.

If you want to make a point of buying EV, try the Nissan Leaf. On your budget, you're looking at the older model from 141 up. Make sure you get the 30kW model and take it for a good spin as it might not be the best choice with two kids and doing 10,000km a year.

Some estate/SUV suggestions: Skoda Fabia estate - a 161/171 1.2 Ambition 90 would fit within your budget and give you plenty of room; Nissan Qashqai 1.2 - look for the SV model. For the top end of your budget you'd get a nice 141 model.

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It's goodbye to Aidan

Aidan Timmons is moving on to pastures new after four exceptional years of dispensing advice and wisdom for Independent Motors' Advice Desk. He has been a stalwart and a friend and will be sadly missed, though we wish him every success in his new career, of course.

As you have come to expect, Aidan wanted to say goodbye in his own inimitable fashion, so here it is in his own words:

"When Eddie called me to say that he had an idea to help Irish car buyers, specifically used car buyers, I could never have fathomed that every week for four years I would be dishing out advice to all corners of the country.

"Now I am driving my career in a new direction, and it is with a heavy heart that I leave the Advice Desk.

"To those who quizzed me and exercised my thinking, to the people who contacted Eddie to complain about (and praise) my recommendations, to some who challenged me to rethink the best approach to car buying, to the parents asking questions on behalf of children and vice versa, and to everyone else who came along for the ride, I have to say it was an honour to be trusted enough to advise you on such important decisions.

"I will cherish the memories. I wish you all well with your next purchases."

And it's hello to Gillian

Aidan may be leaving but we are keeping things in the family. We are joined by leading car-value expert Gillian Keogh, who just happens to be Aidan's sister and is editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars as part of the Motor Trade Publishers team.

The prestigious company supplies a car-valuing service not just to the motor trade but to insurance companies and finance houses.

And in her inimitable fashion, Gillian wants to say hello in her own words. Here they are:

"As soon as Eddie asked me to join the Advice Desk, I had no hesitation in immediately saying a big yes . I was closely aware of it because of Aidan's involvement, and knew how challenging and fulfilling he found it. I am excited at the prospect and hope I can help you make the right decision when you come to buying. I promise to do my utmost."

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