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.
Would the increased running petrol costs be justified for a better resale value later? I just have a feeling that in three years the price of diesels will be a lot lower than petrols. Or would it be smarter to wait a year and buy a diesel at a knockdown price, if the prices continue to drop? Also what are your views on importing from the UK – seems you could buy similar and have it cleared for about 20pc less than buying here?
Gillian: Really, there is no need or benefit to waiting – 15/20,000km driving wouldn’t rule out a petrol or diesel but the models you really like, and I like too, are diesels in the current used market.
There’s no doubt diesels are starting to come under pressure from petrol and hybrids but if you are looking to trade up again in three years I wouldn’t get bogged down, especially for the models you’re looking at.
As for going to the UK, Audi and BMW tend to be slightly better specced but there is more cost and stress involved than going to your local dealer. In my experience the money you might save (and the total saving won’t be anywhere close to 20pc when all costs are considered) just isn’t worth it.
Eddie: BMW 420d would just nudge the Audi A5 for me. It’s a close call. Two lovely cars. Your mileage suggests you’d just about get away with petrol but that’s a lovely diesel in the Beemer. Enjoy.
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