Any twit can buy a car for a few quid and feel morally superior – until it breaks down. What takes real guts is buying a high-end motor at a low-rent price.
The potential for disaster is greater, but think of the fun you could have with a car that has depreciated from fantasy to reality.
There are more used cars around in January as people part exchange and get ready for the plate change, and dismal weather means that buying anything right now is often a distress purchase. Stylish coupés aren’t quite so desirable, and who needs a luxobarge if they don’t have a chauffeur?
Yes, it’s a great time to buy a used car with a premium badge.
- Cost new: £50,850
- Cost now: 2002, 85,000 miles - £4290
The upside for buyers of premium used cars is that it’s impossible to fault Lexus on the grounds of quality. So yes, the SC is beautifully built, but that just isn’t enough at the luxury convertible end of the market, which explains why one of these isn’t as desirable as a Merc SL.
SCs are, however, bought by wealthy types who like their cars, so expect a full service history. Anything scruffy or blingy should be avoided. There shouldn’t be any problems, but if there are it’ll be roof sensors seized through lack of use and maybe underside corrosion.