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August 13, 2013

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Car-value able Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to advice you accomplish the appropriate best with your abutting purchase. Gillian is Editor of a anniversary guidebook on the ethics of acclimated cars produced by the Motor Barter Publishers team. The aggregation food a car-valuing anniversary to the motor trade, allowance companies and accounts houses.

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Q I accept a 182 Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD Executive Additional (43,000km). It’s a admirable SUV to drive and adequate but we are award it actual big-ticket to run, which abominably we didn’t anniversary for aback purchasing. We were because trading it in for article added economical.

I drive about 35,000km a year on, mainly, accessory roads, so I charge a acceptable reliable car. While I don’t charge seven seats, I do charge the amplitude and would like to break in an SUV rather than go aback to a car as I accept baby accouchement and a bad back. Account is about €35,000-€40,000.

Gillian: The Santa Fe is a big apparatus and as seven-seater SUVs go, it is one of the best but it does accept a ample 2.2-litre agent agent and actuality so big and heavy, it can’t be as economical as you would like.

You will be demography a big hit administration of a 182 archetypal so aboriginal in 2020.

Just be abiding you actually accept to booty such a big hit. If you captivated assimilate it for addition 12 months, it ability accomplish added faculty financially, alike with the college accepted active costs.

But if it’s bugging you and causing accent I would attending for article with a abate agent like the Skoda Kodiaq, which comes as a five-seater or seven-seater.

The CO2 abstracts beyond the ambit are lower than of the Santa Fe and so anniversary alley tax will be cheaper.

The agent agent is a 2-litre. For a abate agent again, but with affluence of pull, a Peugeot 5008 is a altered appearance but an SUV nonetheless.

The 1.5 agent agent will abate anniversary alley tax afresh but it doesn’t appear as a 4WD if you charge it. The Kodiaq does.

Eddie: I abhorrence to anticipate of you accepting to sell; it has been a absinthian assignment for us and, by extension, the blow of us, about over-stretching.

But if you accept to you accept to, so I anticipate the Kodiaq would fit the bill best for you, all things considered.

Q Your stories, Eddie, about the claims of what a amalgam can do and can’t do accept me and my ancestors afraid about our abutting new car.

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We drive a four-year-old Ford Focus agent and we were activity to buy a Toyota Corolla auto hybrid. Our two accouchement are adolescent (four and six) so amplitude isn’t an issue. I use the car to get to assignment 30km abroad (my bedmate has a aggregation car). But I appointment an aged affiliation up the country already a fortnight and that is a 250km annular trip.

Would I be bigger off blockage with a diesel? Or should I buy a hybrid?

Gillian: Don’t accent about a hybrid. With the advice you accept given, your archetypal anniversary active is about 22,000km and alike if it turns out to be more, it’s no issue.

There is of advance a point at which a agent makes added sense, but the Corolla amalgam is a acceptable best for you.

Eddie: It’s ambiguous amid amalgam and diesel. I anticipate you will be accoutrement a fair bit added as the adolescent ones abound and you accept to booty them to contest and journeys. I anticipate I’ll say go Skoda Octavia.

Q I accept €40,000, including the trade-in of a 10-year-old Golf agent (150,000kms), to buy a new car. I appetite it to be electric as my travelling canicule are over as I achieve into affiliated bliss.

My wife has her own car, so I alone charge carriage to get me to assignment – 50km annular cruise – and to Dublin every month, or so, on business. I’d like article stylish. What would you recommend?

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Gillian: Electric and beautiful is activity to be difficult, unless you are activity for a Tesla, which acutely you won’t get for your budget.

The Hyundai Kona is the best best for the money, but it is not what I would alarm a beautiful SUV.

The Ioniq, in my opinion, is bigger attractive if you don’t appetite an SUV admitting it doesn’t accept as big a ambit amid accuse as the Kona.

The college specced Premium archetypal costs €34,850 afterwards grants so would leave you a acceptable bit of change in the budget.

Eddie: I anticipate you’d like the Kona, for sure, but additionally attending at the KIA eNiro and, if you appetite article adolescent and funky, do drive the KIA e-SOUL and see how you feel. I anticipate you ability abatement for the latter.

Q My babe and I allotment our agent Octavia but we are anxious that with 160,000km on the alarm afterwards eight years that we charge to change.

She has a acceptable job now and can acquiesce her own but I can alone acquiesce €10,000 additional the trade-in value.

What should she buy? She has a €15,000 budget. And what should I buy?

Gillian: You don’t charge to change. The km account is in band with what an eight-year-old agent should have.

Around 150,000km would be the boilerplate and with alone one disciplinarian on it activity forward, conceivably one of you should accumulate it.

The Octavia is a accomplished car; it rarely has issues and will run on for abounding added years to appear already it’s able-bodied minded.

Now I best absolutely couldn’t authority assimilate a car for that continued so why not change?

You both accept a agnate account so my suggestions should clothing both of you.

A alive advantage is a Toyota Auris amalgam as it is best acceptable to authority its amount well.

A contemporary advantage is Kia Ceed or Hyundai i30.

An SUV advantage (if you appetite to jump on the bandwagon) is a Nissan Qashqai for its amount for money and the advantage of petrol or diesel.

Eddie: I’d barter the Octavia for a newer one beeline away. A cast new one is due in July by the way, so let your banker apperceive you apperceive because you ability get to arrangement a little.

I’d attending at a well-minded Volkswagen Golf – apparently petrol because the breadth – for your daughter.

Q I retired two years ago and acquisition I accept little use for my six-year-old Mercedes C-Class (75,000km) diesel. I would like to actuate of the car as I am amidst by accessible carriage and can account of it freely.

Also, I alive abreast my son and babe and will never be ashore for a lift in an emergency as I see them best days. What should I do?

I don’t charge a car but I would like to get as abundant as I can for it.

Gillian: It sounds to me like you don’t appetite a car and that you don’t charge one either.

Sell the C-Class but accomplish abiding to be sitting bottomward aback you apprehend how abundant your six years of active has amount you (see Eddie below).

Then absorb added time with ancestors during lifts and account of the chargeless accessible transport.

After all your years of advantageous taxes, it’s time to adore the benefits.

If you acquisition the charge for a car every now and then, attending into “pay as you go” active casework that acquiesce you to hire a car from as little as €9 per hour.

Eddie: Advertise it on any of the acclaimed outlets – including the Irish Independent – and be able for a lot of calls.

Have one of your ancestors with you aback anyone is advancing for a analysis drive. And accept all your abstracts to appearance – anniversary history etc -as they instil confidence.

We reckon, depending on the model, that you paid about €45,000 in 2014.

A 141-reg appropriate now is account about €17,000/€18,000 from a capital banker so as a clandestine auction you are attractive at maybe €15,000.

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