Thinking of selling my MG Astor after just 2 years: Is it a good idea?

The car was bought in February 2022 as a replacement to my Vento.

BHPian mgastor2022grey recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Hey guys, hope you are all doing good.

I have recently being thinking about doing a lateral upgrade / replacing my car, hence posting my queries here.

I know that I have posting about how I love driving my Astor 1.5L NA CVT and how the car has become really sporty and aggressive after 30K and how much I love driving it. But, as a petrolhead, the bug has bitten me  and I have been lately thinking of replacing it with another car.

Is it a viable option? The car has run 38K kms as of now. Immaculately maintained, no issues and drives just like how it drove on day 1. The car has been bought on February 2022 for a replacement of my Vento. Its just been 2 years (approx.) and I want to know your opinions on this.

I have come across certain used car examples:

Is it a good idea to upgrade to these machines instead?

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

The only way to soften the blow of selling a car early, is to swap it for another used car. That's the beauty of lateral upgrades. What you lose due to depreciation, you gain due to depreciation.

All the cars you have linked to (Octavia, Tiguan, 3-Series) are mighty upgrades to the Astor. Swap only if:

  • You aren't losing too much money on the Astor. Demand for this car is poor.
  • You are getting a great car at a good price.
  • Financially, you aren't stretching yourself thin.
  • This sounds like an impulsive buy, so sleep on it for a couple of weeks.

End of the day, the heart wants what the heart wants.

Here's what BHPian Sressh1009 had to say on the matter:

There are two ways of going about this conundrum:

1. Don't sell

You have the perfect car at your disposal with a good amount of features and more importantly a nice engine and gearbox that suit your needs.

Keep the car and invest the money to grow it for a bigger and better purchase.

2. Sell and YOLO

Sell it and buy one of the 3 options (after a proper evaluation). You only live once, after all.

If you're thinking on the lines of the Germans then keep the Astor as a city car. The NA+CVT will give better mileage and you can use the other car as a fun highway/long weekend drive car.

Hope this helps!

Here's what BHPian Axe77 had to say on the matter:

Financially you’ll always lose disproportionate money selling a 2 year old car and this doesn’t make sense in pure money terms. BUT, this is a huge jump you’re getting in sheer product terms. If financially it’s not a pinch, then all by means go ahead. It’s a lovely upgrade and being an ex Vento owner, one you will appreciate for a long time to come.

I’d veer towards something more recent like the 2021 Skoda Octavia as opposed to a 2017 BMW. I generally prefer crossovers / SUVs to sedans but from this list, the Octavia would be my pick. It’s a year newer, ground clearance isn’t really an issue for even the most rubbish city / touring conditions and it’ll feel sportier to drive than the VW.

PS: On a lighter side note, the handle ain’t going anywhere, even if the car moves on.

Here's what BHPian Shreyans_Jain had to say on the matter:

Please reconsider.

It’s a bad decision in financial terms. The Astor is as good as new but has depreciated, you won’t get much for it.

Secondly, going for a used petrol car is not a wise decision. These cars were not E20 compliant, and you will be opening yourself up to major maintenance related headaches in the long term. As for that said BMW 320d, it’s a HR26 (Gurgaon) registered car. The 2017 model is 7+ years old now, and cars of that age go for half that what is being asked. 5+ year old diesels really have no resale in Delhi NCR anymore. If you really want to go down this road, please check up with multiple dealers or scout for personal owners to make a deal. Catch is that owners are now also aware that they will get nothing, so somewhere this starts reflecting on the maintenance. Especially with these premium brands that demand big bucks after 5-6 years. Inspect the car thoroughly.

Here's what BHPian OpenRoads had to say on the matter:

To begin with Astor with a peppy 1.5l engine and cvt gearbox is not a bad choice at all. Selling it at this point of time is kind of a mistake in terms of monetary value. I wouldn't trade my new vehicle maintained with utmost care for a second hand car.

If the itch is too much then buy another one but keep this as well. So that if it seems like a wrong decision then you can resale the used car and keep enjoying the Astor bought at the first place.

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