It’s a done deal

Having decided it was probably a good idea to think about replacing my car this year, we went out today and bought a new one!

Well it’s not exactly a new one – but at least it’s new to us. I was very happy with the V70, it was only really the age and the mileage that were a concern, so I was already thinking about replacing it with another. A quick trawl round the Volvo Selected Used Car site threw up a possible at Park’s – the local dealer in Ayr.

It was basically the same car as we have now (same engine, same trim level) but on a 2003 plate with just 19,000 on the clock – so two and half years younger and 80,000 miles less. The only other differences were the 2003 model has climate and traction control as standard (which ours doesn’t) and larger alloys, but was missing the family pack (power child locks/integrated booster seats) and rear parking sensors.

We went along this morning to check it out (Megan was still at Nana’s) and were suitably impressed – it’s in a very nice ruby red pearl paint, and excellect condition as you would expect from the mileage. The sticker price was a very reasonable 12k, and they offered a generous 4.5k in part exchange on the old one.

We decided to add the rear park sensors (I’d only forget they weren’t there anymore!) and also an iPod adapter to allow you to control your iPod from the stereo. After adding 12 months road tax, an MOT, two new tyres and a bit of haggling the cost to change was just a little over 8k.

They’ve got to fit the rear park sensors and iPod adaptor this week, but it should be ready to pick up on Friday. šŸ™‚

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