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Sunday World - - Motoring - Send mo­tor­ing ques­tions to Ed­win.Naidu@live. or @Naidu1 on Twit­ter. Lis­ten to him on Capri­corn FM on Thurs­days at 7.20am.

DEAR Ed­win I’m con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a sec­ond­hand car. My op­tions are the 2008 Hyundai Tuc­son, a 2010 Re­nault Scenic or Me­gane, a 2007 Toy­ota Verso, a 2009 to 2012 Chevro­let Cruse and a 2010 Ford Fo­cus or Fi­esta. What is the best op­tion for me in terms of af­ford­able car ser­vice, fuel con­sump­tion, sta­bil­ity and per­for­mance?

Collins Meetse Dear Collins Your fi­nal choice de­pends on your likes and budget. It is un­fair pit­ting SUVs like the Tuc­son or Verso against the Cruse or the Ford Fo­cus and Fi­esta. I would give them all a miss and go for the Ford EcoSport, which is un­der R200 000 new, comes with all the mod cons and is friendly on the gas. The Tuc­son is al­most seven years old. Age does mat­ter when it comes to cars. The fu­ele­co­nom­i­cal Ford EcoSport of­fers peace-of-mind mo­tor­ing. Dear Ed­win I drive a BMW 320i. I am left with six months to pay it off. I want to get a sec­ond car. Which one can I go for be­tween the Mercedes CLA and Ford Ranger? I’m will­ing to pay about R7 000 with­out in­sur­ance.

– Carol Pitso Dear Carol Last Oc­to­ber, the CLA topped one over­seas read­ers’ poll as “the most beau­ti­ful car in the world ”. The CLA 180 starts at about R350 000 and costs about R7 400 a month. The Ranger 2.5 will not win any votes in the looks stakes, but starts at R184 200.

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