Wednesday 24 April 2019

'We have a 1997 Nissan Primera that's still going strong, but the time has come to move on...'


Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Qashqai
Honda Jazz

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.

We have a 1997 Nissan Primera that's still going strong; but the time has come to move on. Perhaps it might be wise to avail of a scrappage deal with warranty etc. We tend to keep cars for the long haul. Finance will be from savings. Ideally mid-range budget but absolute maximum €24k.We are keen to go hybrid. Annual mileage is 20,000km, mainly short journeys on rural roads with longer roundtrips of 500km once a month on motorway. A 5dr hatchback or small SUV required. Generous boot space required for large dog, good rear legroom and slightly elevated seat positions for elderly passengers. We have no preference for any car or brand, but our local dealers are Nissan and Toyota.

Gillian and Eddie: Best to stick with your local dealers, we think. Nissan screams scrappage offers now and, as your current car is 20 years-plus, your local dealer will have plenty in their range. It won't be hybrid, but why not go petrol or diesel with your mileage?

For both boot space and rear legroom, the Qashqai will certainly meet requirements. Your budget allows for the main-selling 1.5 diesel 2017 SV model, but if you want to hold onto €1,000 in savings, then the same spec 1.2 petrol model would do.

Or, you could spend it on more spec on the petrol and go for SV Premium or SVE. These have been around since 2014/2015, so you have some choice on budget spend.

Alternatively, if you do want to go hybrid, your nearest Toyota dealer will certainly be able to help you out with a C-HR 1.8. A 171 Luna will take up all your budget, but this is a huge seller and will be good to you for the long haul. So it's your choice really.

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