'My dad is looking for a new car for a taxi. What car would be best?'
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.
My dad is looking for a new car for a taxi as his current one expires in December as it's an 04 Toyota Avensis Verso. I'm wondering what kind of car would be the best, seven or eight-seater? Should it be diesel? His current one is petrol. What's the best option for him to buy: finance, leasing or loan? He only works three days a week.
Gillian: The Toyota Prius and Prius+ is liked by taxi drivers. You haven't mentioned budget, or if he wants a new or just newer car. Here are some seven-seat models covering different budgets he can consider. Prius+: New, €37,750; used, from €15,500k (for 131s to €29k for 171s). Opel Zafira Tourer: New, from €29,995; Used, from €15,000 for 142 to €23,000 for 171.
Eddie: All good, Gillian. I'd add a Skoda Octavia or Superb - really popular but obviously they are five-seaters. On finance he needs to work out what he can afford to pay back after all expenses are taken into account. We presume he has a good track record if he has been taxiing. I think he should talk to his accountant because there are tax considerations/savings to be made with repayments (finance/loan) and leasing. I think leasing might be his best bet but get specialist advice.
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