If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact
Please note that it is not permitted to have referral links posted in your signature. Keep these links contained in the appropriate forum. Thank you.

Trading in a car

  • 15-05-2024 2:32pm
    Registered Users Posts: 20,676 ✭✭✭✭

    What the best way to go about it,

    We want a new car to fit 3 kids seats ,Am i best just rocking up and seeing what places will give me for my own car & seeing what they have to offer, Or finding a car online & then ringing & asking them what they are willing to give me for mine,

    What is the best way to go about it,

    Don't want the hassle of privately selling it,


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,397 ✭✭✭HBC08

    How much is the hassle of selling privately worth to you?

    Between your current car, what you're looking to trade up to,going in as a cash buyer vs looking for a trade in you're looking at a difference of thousands.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,725 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    Is it new or used you are buying ?

    Also what do you think your current car is worth ?

    Post the make, model, year if you like.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,676 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    Iv a 15 Skoda Octavia estate about 200k on it,

    I simply need more room with 3 kids , so looking to get a 7 seater type,

    I plan to trade it in a put a few grand towards a new one, not looking for anything amazing just need the extra seat right now,

    I'd prefer to just get rid of my old car & get a new one all inthe same place makes life easier,

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,200 ✭✭✭User1998

    In that case, find a car you like. Go to view it and get a trade in price for your current car. Or if you want to do it from home most dealers will send you a walk around video of the car and evaluate your car if you send them some photos and the details like mileage etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    how much more you willing to spend ?

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 20,676 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    Id like to spend about 5 grand but could spend more if the right deal is there,

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    gee , thats not much of an upgrade - maybe one of the hybrid jap import mpvs ?

    others might be able to offer insights into them , just think it be good way to get large vehicle with low enough kms

    if you do big kms - hybrid might not be best option

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,676 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    I'm happy enough with my current car but i just need more seats,

    I'm not a massive car person , i just need seats & reliability , ,

    But if it makes more sense to add lets say 15 k onto the price i get for the Skoda then that a road i will go ,

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    i not familiar with jap import MPVS - butif you dont do big kms - a nissan serena hybrid might be an option

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,200 ✭✭✭User1998

    A lot of the petrol or hybrid automatic MPV’s are from Japan. Lots of Tourans/Sharans etc

    Honda Freed and Toyota Estima are worth a look at too.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    7 seater sharan or touran - forgot about them

  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭trindade

    I think a Toyota Sienta is the right car for you. It's a 7 seater jap import and extremely reliable.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,481 ✭✭✭pah

    OP's preference is to fit 2 baby seats and a booster across the middle more so than needing a 7 seater, to my understanding. A lot of those suggestions won't work.

    Similar cars to yours being sold for 10 to 14k by dealers. You might get 7/8k depending so with 5 on top you're looking at 12/13. You could definitely pick up a 2012+ Smax, galaxy, grand scenic, grand Picasso, sharan or Alhambra which are the best models of the top of my head for 3 across the middle relatively comfortable

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    depends on if his driving suits a petrol / hybrid - a low mileage jap import would seem a safer bet than a diesel mpv that might be up on kms

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,481 ✭✭✭pah

    I feel like you're not paying attention to the ask from the OP.

    Good luck getting 2 car seats and a booster in here, despite the overall huge size of a Serena.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,481 ✭✭✭pah

    Any particular reason?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,481 ✭✭✭pah

    OP, In your situation I'd have something like this. Nice spec, comfortable, automatic, pan roof, window shades for the kids,3 full isofix seats, reasonable reliability , good economy and shouldn't cost too much to change. Massive boot with the advantage of 2 extra seats in the back if you need (boot is small with 7 seats)

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,676 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,481 ✭✭✭pah

    2015 or newer 7 seaters in dublin 12.5 to 15k from dealers - tweak this search to suit your needs. some 7 seaters won't have the 3 seats as mentioned, some will claim 3 seats like the zafira tourer or x-trail but they aren't 3 independent full size seats despite being such large vehicles overall.

  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭Moose1

    As you like your car and it has decent space in the boot etc. What about this:

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 8,226 ✭✭✭ongarite

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,676 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    there class but 2 grand , id rather get a new car

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,798 ✭✭✭djan

    Can get one for half the price and keep what you have.

    Regardless, I'd recommend the Renault/Citroën MPVs with the three individual seats.

    Regarding selling to garage, you mention you don't want the hassle but losing out on potentially thousands of euro for the sake of a couple hours of "work" it makes a lot of sense to sell privately and end up in a nicer car.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    Not necessarily thousands . Dealers could give trade in allowances

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,798 ✭✭✭djan

    More than likely will be as the majority of trade in deals are just moving around the numbers to make it seem like you're getting more for you car.

    When shopping for last car I got offered trade ins of 7-9k across 5 garages for a Merc C class that I sold within 2 weeks for 11.750.

    An Octavia is an in demand car and should sell quickly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭photosmart

    Hi there

    That car will sell fairly easy privately as long as priced realistically. Looking online it seems that

    type of car has an asking price in dealers of circa 10k. I'm guessing on a tradein you'll be offered no more

    than 7k so if you sell privately around 8k-9k you're quids in.

    Also Dacia Jogger is currently on 0% finance and the mid spec retails around 28k. This may

    actually work out cheaper in the long run vs buying another 3- 5 year old 7 seater.

    I think there's no value in second hand at moment given you may have no decent warranty

    down the line and many seven seaters are nearly the price of the Dacia even if they are

    5 years old.

    Hope it goes well whatever you decide


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    It's a dacia

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,481 ✭✭✭pah

    Definitely not as much space in the middle row of a dacia compared to the other suggestions

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,356 ✭✭✭goochy

    Think octavia to dacia a step down

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭photosmart

    The type of seats has in impact. Dacia has bench seats which should fit three child seats. I previously had Verso which

    I don't think was any bigger. Only way to be sure is to bring the three seats you have in mind and try them.

    I would also note that dacia is bigger across back three than kodiaq which is a seven seater because of the moulding

    on the Kodiaqs seats ie 2 big seats and a bump seat in middle.