Wife is suffering health wise, so had to get her a new motor, it had to be an Auto, and be a bit higher so she can get in easily. Looked at various options, but had to rule out MPV or "people carrier" as my wife didn't want to look old, and we don't have ankle biters.
We looked at Merc A series, nice car, drove ok, but a mini version of a people carrier really.
So we changed tack and looked at a 4x4. Just because it is higher up, with better visibility, and because I always wanted one.
Our budget was about £5000 plus my wife's car, so we were looking at £8500 to £9000, and because it had to be an auto, there was not a lot of choice.
After ruling out BMW because it was too big, same with VW, Merc M series, we looked at Audi which was too expensive.
Eventually we narrowed it down to Honda CRV or Toyota Rav 4. Managed to find a 2005 Honda CR-V Executive with 50000 miles in mint condition. FSH, 1 owner, and it was advertised for £9000. Was unable to haggle, the seller was not budging on the asking price, I walked away, and still he didn't budge. So I ended up going back next day and paying the full price for it.
A4 Cab, is dropping it's value like a stone, but 4X4's are holding their own. I was talking to a guy in car sales and he said the 4x4 are the cars that are shifting, everything else is slow.
I have decided not to change my Cab as I will not get a good price for it, so I am going to keep it for a few more years. I might even keep it for another 5 years, it is a wicked car to drive.