Motoring advice: How much would I expect to get for my 2012 Hyundai i40 with 56k miles?
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 bought a 2012 Hyundai i40 for €22,000 two years ago. It is a high spec. I liked the look of it but it is too big and I really only drive it around town. There are 56,000 miles on it. I do about 12,000 miles p/a. I want to buy something 2015 or upwards. Looking at Hyundai i30 or ix35. How much would I expect to get for my car and would I get what I want for another €3,000-€4,000?
Aidan: It is highly unlikely you will move up three years and from an i40 into an ix35 for only €4,000. For me, that is not a realistic cost to change. Also, if your current car is too big for you, I think you will find the same problem with the ix35. The i30 is a better choice for you but you will still need more than €4,000 to get into a 2015-plate model. Don't be too fixated on the registration. Better an older, well-kept car than a newer, high mileage, poor quality i30. Visit your Hyundai dealer (you will fare best dealing with them as you want to stick with the brand) and set out what you can spend.
Eddie: You're not going to get that much newer of a car but the i30 is the one to go for - compact, handy around town and likely to last you a long time.