James Ruppert: Don't spend more on second-hand cars rising in value

Those in search of even more room should like a 2005 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Estate Zetec with 153,000 miles to its credit for £500. There were pictures of its surprisingly main dealer service history (assuming it really did relate to that particular car). For some class, a really quite immaculate 2000 BMW 523i with 194,000 miles and an MOT that took it well into 2022 was £795. Even after all those miles, its beige leather was magnificently intact. It also had a towbar, which could come in handy. 

Finally, you could go mad and blow £1000 on a dumpy but pretty 2005 Alfa Romeo GT 1.9 JTD with 150,000 miles from a dealer. Overpriced used cars? Nahhh.

What we almost bought this week

Skoda Superb 1.8T Comfort: This Superb has done a heroic 190,000 miles, but not because it has been abused as an airport taxi. In fact, it has had just one owner and – get this – it has a full Skoda service history, with no fewer than 18 stamps in its service book. The selling dealer is asking £1100 for this 2002 turbocharged petrol saloon.

Tales from Ruppert’s garage


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