As certain as day follows night, the closer we get to Christmas the forecasters predict doom and gloom as the weather will surely take a turn for the worse and it’s no surprise to MotorMartin, based up in West Yorkshire, that this is often the time where many motorists consider buying a 4×4 for the winter months. All of which makes the latest announcement from hpi, regarding their views upon the best 4×4 to buy, all the more relevant for a large chunk of the motoring population at present.

Automotive data expert hpi has put together a list of this season’s best buys, decisions that are reached once motoring expert Tim Bearder, Black Book Editor at hpi, considers which vehicles will minimise any potential loss in value if you bought now and sold in the spring. If then you are considering dipping your toe into the SUV market or are worried about a potential arrival of an all new ice age, MotorMartin certainly recommends that you spend time considering the following advice.

Tim shared with MotorMartin that: “This all depends on your budget of course if you are thinking of spending £40-£60,000 then three cars that spring to mind are the Porsche Macan, Mercedes GLC and the Jaguar F-Pace. Our money is still with the Porsche Macan, although any of these models are safe bets the Macan still has a quoted lead time of up to seven months with means if you want one sooner you are going to have to pay a premium for a used one.

“For a lower budget, the Volkswagen Tiguan or Kia Sportage are excellent buys. Also take a look at the Jeep Wrangler, which is not only a capable icon but has become very popular in the vehicle enhancement and conversion sector. This has strengthened desire and demand for this vehicle and values for this car have been very stable over the past year.

“Moving further down the budget range, say £1-£8,000, then your choice increases further, cars like Nissan X-trail, Vauxhall Antara along with many others are all good buys, but our suggestion is the Suzuki Vitara. This is a great price range car with minimal depreciation that is affordable as a second car for those who want to keep their daily run around.”

hpi have confirmed to MotorMartin that they have recently launched a vehicle valuations service to give consumers the ability to buy and sell cars with utmost confidence offering them the inside view on the total cost of ownership of a vehicle during its lifespan along with precise depreciation figures and that can only be good for the car buying public and could well,become your first port of call when considering what car to look at next.

The hpi valuations tool – – is aimed at consumers buying and selling cars in the used car market and may help minimise the risks that can see consumers paying over the odds or not getting the best-asking price.

In MotorMartin’s opinion, this must surely be a great idea and the biggest surprise must be, why hasn’t anyone created something like this before? Well done then to hpi. Truly ‘real life’ motoring.

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