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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

How to this in English ,and make sense to you guys . We had a 10 reg Hyundai i20 diesel,did a lot of miles tooing and frowing from the UK and Ireland,good mpg ,cheap to insure and family friendly and at the time a cheap car to purchase. Then when you put into the mix in 87k Miles only had the roadside assistance ( wife had a flat tyre) once,as you'll recall pre Xmas and 17 reg all you had on tv was adverts for this car or that car and the deals being offered. Now we thought let's see what's on offer as we needed a reliable motor,doing the rounds of the dealers in and around Tipperary we got a short list of cars mmmmm then asked ,looked , mainly cars with at least 5 years guarantee. Oh I forgot to mention our budget was €20k ,limiting yeas but there's only 2 of us and the roads here aren't the motorway. In the end we went back to our nearest dealer in Clonmel only 14k away ,and they had serviced our Hyundai for 3 years and more importantly about €90 cheaper than the dealer in Rochdale. Now your getting bored ,cut to the chase Riley . We ended up with Hyundai i20 petrol ( nearly 3k cheaper than diesel) deluxe model ,loads of tech aids ,and working on the assumption of our current miles it would take about 8 years for difference to be in our favour ,plus now there is a movement on banning diesels from town centre .

Here's the bottom line ,got €3k more for partex than VW Renault Opel offered,got 5 years free servicing,got 5 years roadside and the usual mud flaps and mats even got a tow bar at half price. The sales set the computer,my phone ,wife's phone ,tried to explain the other goodies,like cornering headlights reversing things,tyre pressure monitor,the list is endless ,line warning ( whatever that is ) but the best is cruise control,makes you lazy . The biggest drawback is going through all the gadgets in the handbook and then working out which is best for us ,we have the grandkids over for Easter so they can help us understand most of this gobblygook ,why this manual is twice as  thick ( like me ) as the previous car . Just happy we didn't buy a driverless motor,I'd definitely be a numpty .

February 21, 2017

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 683
New cars

February 21, 2017

You got a good deal, Hyundai are good cars and you don't pay the usual premium associated with prestige named vehicles which are no more reliable, more expensive to fix and service and lose just as much if not more on resale. I'm sure I read somewhere the i20 features in the 10 best buys.. We do a lot of motorway driving, Germany and back, Lakes etc so we have a Beamer X5, but for shorter journeys we use Veronika's Kia Picanto Chilli which has satnav, the works, I think it may be the Kia version of the i20, could be wrong, but anyway it is a brilliant little car. We got a huge discount on it when we bought it because it was the 4th vehicle we had bought from the national independent franchise we use in 6 years. Loyalty pays as you rightly point out. You talk about all the gadgets and the manual, the Beamer has it all stored in the on board computer as well and it talks you through everything if you want it to, still lost me I'm afraid, I had to have  two 'lessons' with the BMW brand expert where I bought it. Anyway glad it all worked out happy motoring!!


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