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Which car is best - older with low mileage or newer with high mileage???

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Ok. I think I'm going to have to buy a new car and was wondering which was best. As I have 3 small children in car seats I am looking at buying a Vauxhall Zafira. I have a number of choices: 1. A 200… Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Ok. I think I'm going to have to buy a new car and was wondering which was best. As I have 3 small children in car seats I am looking at buying a Vauxhall Zafira. I have a number of choices:
1. A 2006 new model with 100,000 miles at £5000
2. A 2004 old model with 30,000 miles at £5000
3. A 2003 old model with 80,000 miles at £3000 (ex police car).

They are all diesel. I haven't seen them yet to discuss part ex etc but was wondering what you all thought.
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#1
1. A 2006 new model with 100,000 miles at £5000[COLOR="Magenta"]-too many miles imho[/COLOR]
2. A 2004 old model with 30,000 miles at £5000 [COLOR="Magenta"]-this one x[/COLOR]
3. A 2003 old model with 80,000 miles at £3000 (ex police car). [COLOR="Magenta"]-would stay away defo[/COLOR]


thats just my first opinion though
#2
Go with the lower mileage car - basically less wear & tear, therefore should have less problems over the time you have the car....
#3
ilovepink
1. A 2006 new model with 100,000 miles at £5000[COLOR="Magenta"]-too many miles imho[/COLOR]
2. A 2004 old model with 30,000 miles at £5000 [COLOR="Magenta"]-this one x[/COLOR]
3. A 2003 old model with 80,000 miles at £3000 (ex police car). [COLOR="Magenta"]-would stay away defo[/COLOR]


thats just my first opinion though


Just wondering if you know anything about cars or if it is just your gut instinct? What are your reasons. I can see pros and cons for each.
#4
i would go with 2

because once the car runs more mileage means more wear and dear so tha parts needs attention at one point say at 60,000 you need to change cambelt
the car might look good but inside started wearing too much
but too old car with low mileage is also not good as it might have rust started developing
#5
would agree :)
#6
Number 2 will need a cam belt too, 5 years or 60,000. Just had mine done, with 34,000 on clock.

But i would pick number 2
#7
wookiemummy
Just wondering if you know anything about cars or if it is just your gut instinct? What are your reasons. I can see pros and cons for each.


im going on gut instinct

i know nothing about cars

i would generally say more miles = more wear and tear
#8
I would go with number 2 too, I dont know too much about cars but the more miles the more weat and tear the car is going to have and the more it might need done to it :)
#9
More wear and tear, and if you do low miles, then better re-sale value on number 2 after
#10
More to this than just the mileage, where the miles have been done, level of servicing, engine type and how reliable the vehicle is etc. etc.

However, £5k for a Zafari at 100k sounds a little silly.
#11
Number 2, but don't know why you would stay away from number 3? Will be fully serviced surely as its a Police vehicle and will likely be fully maintained. 80,000 miles is just really settling the diesel engine in. number 2 sounds very good for the money depending on everything else.
#12
I personaly would go for no.2 if it has a full service history but, as niggit said, bear in mind that the timing belt would need changing this year if not already done & this can be expensive
#13
Adam2050
Number 2, but don't know why you would stay away from number 3? Will be fully serviced surely as its a Police vehicle and will likely be fully maintained. 80,000 miles is just really settling the diesel engine in. number 2 sounds very good for the money depending on everything else.


Not a modern common rail turbo diesel, you have serious areas such as clutch replacement and turbocharger failure both possible.

People generally avoid ex-police cars as they are treated badly, usually have holes in the dashboard and body work damage or marking.
#14
Don't the diesel Zafiras have timing chains instead of belts?
I agree with Adam about the ex police car, at least you know it will have been serviced appropriately
#15
deffo option 2
#16
Oh I'm all confused now. I do like the new model especially as it has 3 x 3 pooint seat belts on the back seat but my son will probably travel on the 3 rd row so not a problem. I like the price of the ex police car. It will have been serviced regularly and doesn't have any markings or holes etc. I was not used as a response car in anyway and they do fix any slight problems.
I had been told previously, by someone who trades cars, that a high mileage newer ex company car (motorway miles) is much better than a low mileage older car.
Thanks for all your help
#17
I would go for the ex polic car.
personally, I have bought a car with 134000 niles on it. Just coming up to 150000 and its a smooth as new (is a diesel though!) Just make sure they have a full history. things can go wrong on cars at any point of ownership, I had injectors replaced at 16000 miles in a brand new clio (under warranty luckily!)
#18
wookiemummy
Oh I'm all confused now. I do like the new model especially as it has 3 x 3 pooint seat belts on the back seat but my son will probably travel on the 3 rd row so not a problem. I like the price of the ex police car. It will have been serviced regularly and doesn't have any markings or holes etc. I was not used as a response car in anyway and they do fix any slight problems.
I had been told previously, by someone who trades cars, that a high mileage newer ex company car (motorway miles) is much better than a low mileage older car.
Thanks for all your help



you going down Delph Road for the police car? If so, they are excellent
#19
£5000 is very high, my dads got a 53 plate with 35,000 miles and they were going to give him £3,500
#20
bassman_uk
you going down Delph Road for the police car? If so, they are excellent


Yes, some of the cars are a fantastic price. Only problem is they are all whilte!!! Have you bought from them before??
#21
dont go for the police car.
when they get serviced they usually use cheap parts to keep on budget plus the way they were driven will mean the engine life expectancy will be severely reduced.

plus it will be written in the cars hpi that it is ex police so expect low resale value
#22
cribert
£5000 is very high, my dads got a 53 plate with 35,000 miles and they were going to give him £3,500


Is that a diesel?? I have had a look around and they all seem reasonable for a garage. I would prefer to buy from a garage than privately as I've got some sort of waranty then. You never get as much for a part exchange as book price is less than what they sell them for
#23
I don't know, I bought a four year old Vectra with 15,000 miles on it a few years ago and it was awful. Supposedly Network Q'd but the dealer didn't bother and it cost them loads of money to get things fixed within the first few weeks. After that everything went wrong - got rid of it a week ago..thankfully.
I wouldn't say less miles is better, its all to do with how the car has been treated and who's owned it!
#24
wookiemummy
Oh I'm all confused now. I do like the new model especially as it has 3 x 3 pooint seat belts on the back seat but my son will probably travel on the 3 rd row so not a problem. I like the price of the ex police car. It will have been serviced regularly and doesn't have any markings or holes etc. I was not used as a response car in anyway and they do fix any slight problems.
I had been told previously, by someone who trades cars, that a high mileage newer ex company car (motorway miles) is much better than a low mileage older car.
Thanks for all your help


That would really depend on the mileage, I think the 60,000 miles difference is a lot even though they could be motorway miles.
banned#25
ALICOM007
dont go for the police car.
when they get serviced they usually use cheap parts to keep on budget plus the way they were driven will mean the engine life expectancy will be severely reduced.


Got a source for that info?
Northumbria use dealer parts (or at least they did a couple of years back, don't know about now), its hardly cost effective to have police cars breaking down every day! Put it this way, how often do you see one broken down at the side of the road? Having said that I don't know about other forces and what effect budget cuts may have had. I suppose its like anything else though, as long as you check over things properly you should be ok.

Personally I would go 1 or 3. 100k nothing on a car like this, however I would check all servicing has been done properly.
Regarding the police car, slightly over 13k a year would suggest it wasn't a response unit, so unlikely to have been used in chases or anything. Will have most likely been serviced to a very high standard too.

2 - its hardly been run in and over that period of time might have done more harm than a 3 year old car doing 100k.

In fact considering the type of car, I would suggest the police car was possibly an admin car or something, especially if it has no holes in the dash or anything/
#26
colinsunderland
Got a source for that info?
Northumbria use dealer parts (or at least they did a couple of years back, don't know about now), its hardly cost effective to have police cars breaking down every day! Put it this way, how often do you see one broken down at the side of the road?

Personally I would go 1 or 3. 100k nothing on a car like this, however I would check all servicing has been done properly.
Regarding the police car, slightly over 13k a year would suggest it wasn't a response unit, so unlikely to have been used in chases or anything. Will have most likely been serviced to a very high standard too.

2 - its hardly been run in and over that period of time might have done more harm than a 3 year old car doing 100k.

In fact considering the type of car, I would suggest the police car was possibly an admin car or something, especially if it has no holes in the dash or anything/


i read it somewhere. i may well be wrong but the way police cars are driven would put me off buying them.
i hvnt seen a broken down police car but maybe thats why they sell them after doing 80k? then it breaks down with the new owner.
#27
the ex police car has probably been serviced regularly and really looked after
#28
My other half reckons option 3 would be a good bet.
#29
yes going to have a look saturday, my other half is tempted by a 3.2 vaxhall vectra v6 estate for 3k or a skoda octavia vrs estate for 3.5k.
banned#30
ALICOM007
i read it somewhere. i may well be wrong but the way police cars are driven would put me off buying them.
i hvnt seen a broken down police car but maybe thats why they sell them after doing 80k? then it breaks down with the new owner.


Or maybe because they are so well serviced?
I probably wouldn't buy an ex panda, and to a lesser extent traffic car, but if this has no holes in the dash or roof then its unlikely to have been any type of patrol car. In fact is this not a 7 seater? If so then its much more likely to have been used as a civi car and probably never even gone over the speed limit!
#31
Wouldn't have any of them but if I had to choose then, in order.....

3. As they need the be serviced and looked after.
2. High mileage but due to the timespan indicates mostly motorway miles. Engine should be fine but check the running gear/brakes etc.
1. A problem waiting to happen. Not done enough miles for the faults to fully surface and probably mostly short runs meaning higher engine wear. Not so bad on a diesel but still.....
#32
Dont choose an ex police car, ours had problem after problem. Another one of our family members also had problems after problem.

Also they have loads of holes drilled in the car for equipment.

I'd checkout option one as it may be motorway miles and in immaculate condition. View number one and 2 with someone who knows about cars then makey our decision.
banned#33
MarzBarz


Also they have loads of holes drilled in the car for equipment.


wookiemummy
Oh I'm all confused now. I do like the new model especially as it has 3 x 3 pooint seat belts on the back seat but my son will probably travel on the 3 rd row so not a problem. I like the price of the ex police car. It will have been serviced regularly and doesn't have any markings or holes etc. I was not used as a response car in anyway and they do fix any slight problems.
I had been told previously, by someone who trades cars, that a high mileage newer ex company car (motorway miles) is much better than a low mileage older car.
Thanks for all your help
#34
oops i just repleid straight away lol.
#35
Mileage can be misleading, a car on low miles that's lived its life running round town is not as good a purchase as one that has a higher mileage but spent its time on the motorway. When I was looking at newer cars some of the ones I test drove that were several years newer than mine and half the mileage honestly felt like older cars.

John
#36
paying that much for a vauxhall with 100,000 miles would be absolutely nuts - avoid option 1 at all costs !!!
#37
jaegermc
paying that much for a vauxhall would be absolutely nuts - avoid at all costs !!!


Too many words there mate so i've edited it for you :lol:
#38
If you can get option 1 for around £3-£3500 id suggest that.
#39
wookiemummy
Yes, some of the cars are a fantastic price. Only problem is they are all whilte!!! Have you bought from them before??


I personally haven't, but have known 5 people who have, and they have all been happy with their purchases :)
#40
Yeh if buying the cop car , be ready for a low resale price.

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