Monday 16 September 2019

I need a car for my three children. Should I buy another Octavia on hire purchase?


Skoda Superb
Skoda Superb

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 am lost. I drive about 30,000km a year, much of it on motorways. I have a 2006 Skoda Octavia diesel (bought secondhand) that's done 320,000km. I love it. But it is becoming expensive to keep roadworthy - the motor tax does not help. I am due a bonus in late February and have decided it's time for an upgrade. I am utterly clueless. I am agnostic on brand, colour, style, etc. I need it to be big enough for my three children. I hear scare stories about no market for diesels in five years' time. I hear electric cars are not capable of the distances I do. I hear the choice on hybrids is limited. I am tempted to stick with what I know and buy another Octavia on hire purchase.

Aidan: EVs won't work for your circumstances. As far as I am concerned, There should still be a healthy market for keenly priced, used diesel cars for the foreseeable future. Many of the questions we get are from people who travel distances beyond EVs' capability and petrol's efficiency, and it will take more than a few years for a healthy supply of high-range EVs to hit the used car market. You need a diesel car for your motorway jaunts. If the Octavia fits your family life, then go for another one. If it's becoming too cramped for your children, then upgrade to a Superb. Keep it simple.

Eddie: Skoda you have, Skoda you should get again. I'd lean towards a Superb diesel. Loads of room, plenty of power and good value.

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