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 have a 2010 BMW 116i 2-litre diesel (63,000 miles). Great nick, import; 15,000 miles/year, mostly motorway. No kids. Am thinking of trading up to another 1-series 2013 or newer. Should I stick with the 1-series and diesel or is it time to move to petrol? My budget is €4,000-€5,000 with trade-in.
Aidan: I doubt you will move up three years, let alone more, on a budget of €4,000 to €5,000. It is likely to cost more than that for the right car. The 1-Series is a lovely motor. I don't see much of a need to move away from it. Diesel is fine considering your mileage and your predominantly motorway usage. The only issue I can see is with your budget.
Eddie: As Aidan points out money is the problem, especially if exchanging diesel for diesel. You stand a better chance of a small move up the years if you opt for petrol. But you're wasting money trying to change. Could you hold for another year or 18 months when your savings would stretch to €10,000? Come back to us then?
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