Tuesday 11 December 2018

What should I do if they're not making Toyota Avensis diesel anymore? I want to change my car


Toyota Avensis
Toyota Avensis

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'

We have a five-year-old Toyota Avensis diesel. I read from Mr Cunningham that they are not going to sell new ones any more. What should I do because I want to change? We do around 25,000km a year.

Aidan: Your mileage infers you need a diesel. You want to change this year and obviously Toyota still has diesel Avensis models to sell.

I say, go buy another diesel Avensis. It is obviously sensible to future-proof your motoring needs, but unless you can make a Toyota Prius work for you (and you might be able to, so certainly consider one), stick with the Avensis for now and make the decision to switch to hybrid or buy another diesel from a different brand next time around.

I am sure there are many more people like you, but in the absence of better guidance from the Government on how they intend recycling traditional engines out of the system, you are left with no more suitable an option than to buy the best car for you today. And that is a new Toyota Avensis diesel.

Eddie: Toyota say that they are expecting firm demand for their diesels on the second-hand market for some time, so there's no major worry.

I agree with Aidan on how poorly informed we have been on how we get from the diesel era to the electric era, but these things can take time.

That said, I would definitely try out the Prius as well. It's big, roomy and depending on your journey profile could be the car for you.

On balance, I'd be going that way. You might as well start now as next time.

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