Originally Posted by codprawn
And I am NOT on about the current vehicles - I am on about the ones Jimbo was looking at - 1995 or thereabouts - not many people will have taken a £40,000 vehicle offroad - £5,000 and it becomes MUCH more likely!!!
This is logical advice I feel. If I was looking at a secondhand mondeo say, I'd naturally be more wary of mechanics than a brand new one, as it is likely to have covered many miles on road.
Therefore it stands to reason that with 4x4's, the older they get, the more likely they are to have been used for their intended purpose. If I bought a showroom condition Rangie in central london, chances are the worst it will have seen is a puddle, however if I'm looking at sub £5000 rangies in hampshire, the situation could be different.
Thanks for your caution codders, and also for taking time to tailor your comments to the type of vehicle I'm after (having narrowed myself down to being fairly specific now!) rather than just going for a general slanging.
Originally Posted by Scary Des
I was going to answer your post with an explanation of how the research was carried out and to explain how the relative values that people put on their possession have little bearing on the monetary value, but I canít be bother, because what every anyone says you are always right and you know all there is to know about everything. Des
Des, I'd actually love to hear about these figures etc, as I do not know all there is to know about everything (reason I posted this query in the first place!) and have to say that in my uninformed ignorance, I would also assume that a far higher proportion of Defenders than 5% go offroad!
I'm also interested to know who answered this survey, as you mentioned a representative group of owners. Now, I might not explain my thinking right, however, say you want to take a representative group of owners, and you choose the following groups:
Owners of landies for only off road use
Parents worried about kids safety
People who fancy a big car to impress their mates
People who regularly tow stuff
People who want a large internal volume
People who want a high driving position and 7 seats
Now, just say you take 10 people from each of your representative groups (Assuming you have enough groups to make it fair - mine above are just examples). This doesn't give you an accurate survey. The reason for that is it doesn't take into account the number of vehicles in each group, so you have to use a weighting structure for it. This is something that "market researchers" often do not do, they take the same number of people from each group.
Now, I'm not saying this is the case in the figures you have des, I'm just saying it might be, so that's why I'm interested in seeing what you have