Should my daughter buy a Kia Cerato or Citroen Picasso?

My daughter has just started teaching in Manchester, a daily return trip of 75 miles per day, 70 miles of which is motorway driving. We would like to replace her 1995 306 Peugeot XLD, which has just had a new cam belt and some other parts, and have seen the following two vehicles - a 2005 Kia Cerato 1.6 CRDI GS with 16,000 miles at £4450, and a 2004 Citroen Picasso 1.6 HDI with 15,000 miles at £4650. Both vehicles have full service history and are one-owner vehicles. They will both allow us at least £500 in part exchange for the Peugeot. What do you think?

Asked on 12 September 2010 by John Troughton

Answered by Honest John
The Cerato was not a big enough seller to be sure of a decent parts supply. If the Picasso is a 90 it's a better bet than a 110 because it won't have a DPF that will give out at between 80,000 miles and 120,000 miles. But because you have just spent good money on the 306 and because it's worth virtually nothing, I would use it up before shelling out on a newer car. If something big fails, just scrap it and then move one without having to part-exchange.
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