We asked you for tales of success in the classifieds and you responded in earnest. Here are some of your bangernomics wise buys.
1 - Audi A7 3.0 TDI 272 S Line (2015)
Buying nearly new was a strategy that paid off for Roger Hanson, as he explains: “I was due to change my Jaguar XF and wanted a four-seater with an element of exclusivity and performance but wished to avoid smaller prestige manufacturers, such as Maserati and Porsche, where dealerships are scarce and maintenance costs are at a premium.
“I purchased an eight-month-old Audi A7 3.0 TDI 272 S line with 3600 miles on the clock for £36,750, a saving of more than £16,000 against the list price. It’s a pleasure to drive: fast, practical and economical. Bang for buck indeed.”
2 - Alfa Romeo SZ (1992)
Stuart Underwood from Weston-super-Mare used Autocar for buying inspiration in 2004. “I was sorely tempted after reading the excellent road test result of the oh-so-sensible Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTD, although I thought its as-tested price of over £24k a bit steep,” he says.
“Later that week, I spotted an ad for a car I had lusted over for years, the Alfa Romeo SZ, and it was £5k cheaper than the Golf, so in a fit of insanity I bought it.
“Eleven years later, the Alfa is now worth considerably more than I paid and every time I look at it I still can’t believe it’s mine. For an easy life, buy new. To realise your dreams, buy used.”
3 - Subaru Legacy 3.0 Spec B (2007)
Nigel Johns says: “I bought my automatic version in 2009 for £13,500. The original retail price was over £30k. The car has been totally reliable and the performance is outstanding. It brings a smile to my face each time I drive it.