I need a car for two adults and two children still in booster seats
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 need to change my family car from a Ford C-Max 1.6 diesel 107bhp 5dr. The local garage says I need to change by the end of January or get all new injector seals and a few other issues sorted (€600). I have spent €1,500 a year over the last few years trying to nurse it through the NCT. I am torn between going electric/new car/ second hand, local or England for something. Any advice? Budget (including trade-in) approx €15k. Annual mileage 15km/17km (daily commute on M50, plus 150km monthly trips down country). Something similar needed as the boot size has been a major plus point. Car for two adults, two kids under 10, so still in booster/car seats.
Aidan: You could make life easy and go for another C-Max. Your budget should fetch a 2014-plate model with lower mileage and not in need of expensive remedial works. Your trips down the country should be enough to give the diesel engine a decent blast.
But, to be safe, let's consider another few diesels and a couple of petrols. Look for a 2013-plate Ford Kuga. It's the first of the newer shape models. Also, try an estate. Something like a Kia cee'd SW or Hyundai i30 should fit the bill. If they are too small the Hyundai i40 Tourer is the way to go. A 2013 model is on budget. For a petrol option, look at the 1.2-litre petrol Qashqai. You should get a 2014-plate new model (SV trim).
Eddie: Stick with the C-Max because a Ford dealer is more likely to do you a better deal. Mid-size people carriers are not all the rage just now. That suits you as a buyer but not your trade-in. With young children, the people carrier remains a sensible option. Also look at the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Volkswagen Touran.
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