There are countless ways to get a good deal when buying a used car, many of which involve practicing your steely-eyed gaze ahead of haggling with a geezer who is definitely “doing you a big favour”. Here is an easier one: buy something that hardly anybody has heard of.
Opting for the obscure can save you thousands over equivalent, well-known models. Take Infiniti, for a start. Infiniti is Nissan’s premium brand (as Lexus is to Toyota), and it does very well in North America. It did less well in the UK and western Europe, and while the company stuck it out with miserly sales from the 2008 launch, it eventually cut its losses in 2019 with only 60,000 cars sold in Europe, 10,000 of which are in the UK.
三级成人视频The silver lining to Infiniti’s woes is that its cars now make great used buys. Take the Q30, for instance. This Mercedes A-Class rival looks cool, has a smart interior with an abundance of touchscreen technology, and while an underwhelming yet inoffensive drive and a high price made it hard to recommend when new, low used prices make it well worth consideration.
三级成人视频It’s widely available on used forecourts with a 1.5- or a 2.2-litre diesel engine, the latter of which is also available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
So how much for one of those top-spec Q30s? We found one with only 29,000 miles, with a full service history, part-leather heated seats, satnav, climate, cruise and 19-inch alloys for under £11,500. That’s at least £5,000 cheaper than an equivalent age and mileage Mercedes A200 automatic.
Even more ironically, thanks to a convoluted relationship between Renault-Nissan and Daimler, Infiniti used Mercedes engines as well…
三级成人视频The Audi A3 quattro of this vintage is one of the few alternatives with four-wheel drive, but you’re looking at £6,000 and more for a similar age and mileage to the Infiniti.
The QX30 is a higher-riding version of the same car that takes on the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA. Infiniti was still shifting brand-new QX30s until later in 2019, so nearly-new examples are around but we’d favour one with a few thousand miles on it since there’ll still be a sting of initial depreciation on newer ones.
Whatever vintage of QX30 you consider, it’s generally some £5,000 or more cheaper than an equivalent rival model. Even better news is that, because Infiniti is owned by Nissan, you can still take the car to a Nissan dealer for official manufacturer back-up. The technicians will know the car’s mechanicals, and if you choose to buy one with some of Infiniti’s standard three-year, 60,000 warranty remaining, Nissan will honour it.
While Infiniti is our pick of the obscurities, there are other recommendable unknowns. Fancy a posh SUV but can’t afford that BMW X3? How about a DS 7?
This is another upmarket branch-off brand, this time from PSA Peugeot-Citroen. The DS7 was only launched a couple of years ago, and while the brand will tell you that the styling is inspired by the Louvre museum, the leather taken from the silkiest cows and that the cabin smells like Marie Antoinette, the reality is that this is another fast-depreciating car that you should avoid when new, but which makes a promising used buy.
三级成人视频A fully-specced 2.0-litre diesel automatic 2018 DS7, complete with panoramic roof, leather, nav, adaptive cruise and even a massage seat function, is yours for £26,000 with only 16,000 miles on the clock – a 1.6 petrol version is available for a similar outlay. For context, an equivalent BMW X3 would be at least £4,000 more, and the DS is in fact slightly larger than the X3 as well.
If you’re after a smaller, more affordable SUV, how about the SsangYong Tivoli XLV? The XLV got a longer body than the standard Tivoli, and rivals popular family SUVs such as used examples of the Nissan Qashqai. Nobody noticed, though, and so there aren’t many XLVs around, but the ones that exist in the UK are superb value.
三级成人视频It’s only offered with a 1.6-litre diesel engine; you can get a 2018, one-owner car with an automatic gearbox, keyless entry, leather seats, satnav touchscreen system and only 10,000 miles for £11,700. That’s at least £5,000 less than an equivalent 1.5-litre diesel Nissan Qashqai.
Buy one that was registered after October 2018 and it even had a seven year, 150,000 mile warranty that’ll leave you more warranty than you get on most new cars. Even the earlier models got five-year, unlimited mileage cover.
三级成人视频In essence, none of these cars are as good to drive as their peers. The SsangYong is certainly a bit ugly, the DS7 is rather hard-riding and the Infinitis all have rather middling handling and infotainment. But they’re all interesting, useful and worthy considerations given the significant savings on offer.
If you don’t mind repeatedly explaining what brand of car you drive, never mind what model, the rarities at this end of the car market can be both intriguing and cheap.
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