It is a good time to buy an XJ 2.7 TDVi or two as an example from 2006 with just over 100,000 miles is £4,500 and falling. These are not dirty private sales, but from car dealerships with warranties and include examples of long base executive specifications. If that$0027s a little rich, drop a zero and for £450 a Renault Clio 2005 1.5 dCi Expression with an ITV in operation is yours. It offers minimal cost EV levels but with a stress-free range. It will always be worth nothing, or something, as long as you are still in roadworthy condition.
Otherwise, the short-term future appears to be more electrified, as long as you can afford the very high cost of buying an all-electric or hybrid vehicle. Unless you have to worry about congested areas, use diesel or smaller gasoline. Depreciation is always the buyer$0027s friend of the used car, although, as always, it$0027s still profitable to buy carefully.
What we almost bought this week
Honda CRX Mk3: It$0027s not a patch on its predecessor, the CRX Mk2, but we$0027re thinking of a classic future here. It$0027s rare, it$0027s a sports car, of some kind, and it has some novel features, like its Transtop electric roof. We saw a private ad for 1997 P-reg 1.6 ESI with 140,000 miles, a working roof and a long ITV for £1650. We$0027ll only kick ourselves later…
Tales from Ruppert$0027s garage
Land Rover Series 3, mileage – 129,903: There I was filling up with gasoline and something fell into my hand: the gas cap. That$0027s normal, except it$0027s usually attached to the car by a chain so as not to lose it in the jungle. After 35 years, he was no longer linked, which I suppose is a kind of record for a Land Rover.