Instead, it’s better to check out of that depressing car expenditure cycle into something more solid and real. A car you can afford and, if everything goes wrong, you won’t lose out on.
What we almost bought this week
Audi A8: It won’t turn too many heads but that’s the point. Stealthy, high-class luxury in an unassuming (read: bland) package. But what a bargain: £13,000 for a 4.2-litre V8 turbo diesel that is as powerful as it is hushed. This car has covered only 60,000 miles in its nine years and has an immaculate MOT history. The interior still looks fresh, too.
Tales from Ruppert’s garage
Land Rover Series 3, mileage – 131,625: Of course, the great thing about having a Lorry is that adjustments can be made to just about every function with a spanner. As I have been using mine every day for a couple of months, the hard-to-close driver’s door and pop-out window were becoming a bore. There was not a lot of adjustment with the latch, but it appears to be enough. What’s more, the trim around the window was bendable. For the moment, that seems to keep the glass in place. I’m quite surprised that it hasn’t shattered in my lap.