My trusty old Renault Scenic is playing up a bit. It has been absolutely fine until recently, but in the last couple of days, it hasn’t been quite right. It made a trip to Cambridge today fine, but on the way back, it developed a judder when accelerating.
I have a feeling it is a timing issue, and hopefully won’t cost much to fix. However, this is the latest of a number of small incidents, and I am beginning to be concerned that I can no longer trust it. I’m also concerned that I am beginning to spend more on the annual maintenance and repair of the thing than the car is actually worth.
So I am considering looking around at what else is out there. Another high-bodied car with an upright driving position, and one of the first things to decide is whether to go new or used.
On the surface of things, it seems like a no-brainer. The biggest amount of depreciation occurs in the first year of a car, and by buying a used car (2-3 years old), you miss this drop in value. On the other hand, buying new means I can order exactly what I want, rather than have to compromise with what’s available. There is also the concern that I know nothing about cars – buying a new car, this is not a problem, but buying a used one, I am not sure I know enough not to be fleeced.
It’s something I haven’t had to think about before. Before my current car, I have only ever had company cars, and this one was a virtual gift – my company car offered to me, after 3 years, at a bargain price. I figured at the time that if I could keep it on the road for 2 years, I’d have made money on the deal. That was 7 years ago.
So what are people’s opinion on the New vs Used issue? Paying for it isn’t really an issue – I’ve been planning for this occassion for the last 7 years, and putting away money every month into my “new car” fund; and even after I paid for my new kitchen out of it
Apologies in advance if this seems like rampant consumerism. It isn’t just Chris wanting a new toy (although there is a little bit of that in it). Because I no longer have a company car, my employer pays me in lieu of it, and it is therefore my personal responsibility to have a vehicle that can get me from one side of the country to the other without problems, should it be required. Up to 6 months ago, I trusted my Scenic 100% in this regard.
Having driven the car for 10 years, I don’t think I have done too bad, really; although I really wanted to go around the clock with it (I’m at about 85K).