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September 6th, 2010
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Having just been looking at when various bonds and savings accounts mature, wondering when the best time to buy a new (to me, not new new!) car is:
winter, or spring, or early summer?

And what to get...

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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:September 6th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Just after the new plates come out at the beginning of March. The dealers will be trying to shift all the trade ins.

Toyota - Yaris or Auris.
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From:oldbloke
Date:September 6th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
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The number of recalls Toyota have had the last couple of years puts me off a bit. The Yaris and Auris are smaller than I want, too.

Wondering if I might find a decent 5yr old Audi for not silly money.

Or another Accord, maybe, or a Civic might do, really.
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From:oldbloke
Date:September 6th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
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The account with the biggest chunk doesn't mature until November, so it needs to be after that, really. Prolly wait for the 2011 spring plate.
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From:juggzy
Date:September 6th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
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What hooloovoo_42 said. The change of plates is a really sensitive time because all of a sudden all cars become a year older.

As to which model - depends on what you want, doesn't it? Japanese models - specifically Honda - hold their resale values very well because they go for ever and ever. All the Japanese cars are robust, and cheap to maintain. Of the Japanese car firms, Nissan is often overlooked and so are relatively cheaper, because their design isn't so ... spaceship, and so, if you are going for value for money in a second hand car, I'd go for Nissan. That's what I decided after my extensive research last year, anyway. From new, if you have the money, Honda, always.

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From:juggzy
Date:September 6th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Although if you have to go for a British car, Astras also go and go and go and go with minimal repair costs; you can run them into the ground.
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:September 7th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
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I have sung the praises of my Nissan ad nauseam. Presently this 1991 Micra has 114+ K on the clock, gets abt 45 mpg on unleaded in mostly-town journeys, and nary a thing wrong with it that a fiver didn't fix. Never heard anything bad of a Nissan.

We hugely enjoyed a VW Passat we hired for Hadrian's Wall trip, and didn't at all like the Vauxhall we were given to go to Scotland in. I loathe Citroens for their handling and being a pita for short people, but that's just me...
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From:jugglebug
Date:September 7th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
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I drove the same car from my 18th birthday (a rescued insurance write off) nissan sunny for somethibg like 10 years, all through uni and beyond. They are fantastically reliable (from my sample size of 1)
hated ny vauxhall.
currently use a skoda. So so
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