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Used values on the rise

Trade-in values for used cars are likely to rise slightly during early 2011, the trade watchers at CAP have predicted. A scarcity of stock caused by the recovery of the used car market in general, and the increasing popularity of car auctions specifically, should make it really pay to shop around for a good price for your secondhand car. Great news for anyone trading in a used car for new who's prepared to drive a hard bargain.

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2006/56 Mini Cooper 1.6

3dr. Blue with Black Roof. Half Leather, Chilli Pack, CD Player. Alloy Wheels, Full Service

History. 32,Sk Miles. £7,990 Call Chris Winterton on: 01628 605353 _Visit www.sgt.co.uk_

2007/57 Subaru Impreia WRX STl Type UK

4dr Saloon. 18" RB32G Wheeis, Bluetooth. Sport! Seats. Satellite Navigation, Nokia Phone Kit.

CD Player, 36,5k Miles. £14,995 Call Chris Winterton on: 01628 605353 _visit www.sgt.co.uk_

As well as snow, there has been an awful lot of schadenfreude around recendy. It's usually directed at drivers of a well known German marque that's rear-wheel drive and runs on inappropriately low-profile tyres. Not surprisingly, an equally German marque has been pointing out the folly ofthis combination and suggesting ear buyers should be giving its quattro system a try.

Now, anything that prevents a car from falling off the road in adverse conditions has to be a good thing, and when you combine that with superb fit and finish and a coherent design policy, it is possible to forgive a car maker almost anything. Even one diat believes so overwhelmingly in those LED fairy lights.

Audi is now the marque. It seems to have all the buying bases covered in just about every niche. Having spent some quality time in the Far East recendy, I can confirm that Audi is now the first choice of many movers, shakers and government mandarins there.

I find myself tipping Audis as great buys on the used market. Although reliability is not as copper-bottomed as you might expect, it's possible to buy with value and without running lights.

For the purposes of topicality, let's stick to quattro models. To me a 1999 Audi A6 2.8 quattro saloon for under a grand is the perfect mid-winter fix if your 5-series is all over die place at the moment.

It will have done some serious six-figure miles, but it will be fun. Then again, if you have the budget, a 2005 A6 3.2 FSI at £7995 is worth considering.

For real first-class travel, I've yet to find an A8 owner who regrets the decision. You can start relatively safely widi a 1999 4.2 at £3000, but for up to £10,000 you can get the later shape and an almost endless spec sheet.

Ifyou don't want anything as big as an A6 or A8, a 1999/2000 A31.8T quattro Sport with above or below 100,000 miles is around £3000 now, and will do the school run and shopping with relative ease. Not to ieave the A4 out of the list, a 2005 2.0T FSI quattro at £6995 from an independent dealer seems like extremely good value.

I f you've noticed a pattern here, it's not just an Audi A-number but also the preference for petrol power. You will get more for your money.

So when the ground is thick with schadenfreude, clearly there is a used alternative. For more used car ad vice, go to www.jamesruppert.co.uk

2006/56 Mini Cooper 1.6

3dr. Blue with Black Roof. Half Leather, Chilli Pack, CD Player. Alloy Wheels, Full Service

History. 32,Sk Miles. £7,990 Call Chris Winterton on: 01628 605353 _Visit www.sgt.co.uk_

2007/57 Subaru Impreia WRX STl Type UK

4dr Saloon. 18" RB32G Wheeis, Bluetooth. Sport! Seats. Satellite Navigation, Nokia Phone Kit.

CD Player, 36,5k Miles. £14,995 Call Chris Winterton on: 01628 605353 _visit www.sgt.co.uk_

'Audis are great used buys. For real first-class travel, I've yet to find an A8 owner who regrets the decision'

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