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How to buy a family car that's also a great investment - plus 4 models to consider first

Motors that shouldn’t leave you with a financial hole.

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BUYING A FAMILY car typically requires it to meet many criteria.

The number of seats, amount of child seat places, overall practicality and running costs usually get factored in.

One other common concern for buyers is whether the car they’re buying will hold its value well over time. After all, nobody wants to be stuck with a car that has lost a significant amount of its value, or worse still is near-impossible to move on.

One of the advantages of buying a used car is that if it is more than a couple of years old, then a big chunk of its initial depreciation has already occurred. Except for some very rare models, virtually all cars depreciate. The key thing is to buy one that will hold onto its value well, providing you look after it well.

Here’s a selection of some models that are known to hold value well. However, do keep in mind that values in the used market will always fluctuate over time.

Nissan Qashqai (2014 onwards)

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The second generation Nissan Qashqai kept many of the original model’s features but wrapped it up in a sharper looking exterior. Just like that first generation, demand for this model Qashqai remains high which helps to maintain its strong value in the used market.

When it comes to buying a crossover the Nissan Qashqai ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people. The fact that it has become such a household name is a bonus.

Volkswagen Golf (2012 onwards)

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Even though there is rarely a shortage in supply of used Volkswagen Golf models, demand is such that values tend to be pretty stable. Most common is the venerable 1.6-litre diesel, which blends adequate performance with decent fuel consumption and relatively low running costs.

The five-door body style remains the most popular version, though the estate offers more cargo space than some more expensive SUVs.

Dacia Duster (2012 onwards)

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The arrival of the Dacia Duster back in 2012 symbolised something of a back-to-basics approach to motoring.

Its simple design and use of cheap, functional materials inside didn’t win it much style praise – but if you view cars much like any other household appliance, on paper at least, the Duster is worth your consideration.

Even though new prices start at just under €17,000, a two-year-old model with the mid-level spec can sell for up to €15,000 in dealerships.

Honda Jazz (2015 onwards)

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Despite its compact dimensions, the Honda Jazz makes the most of its interior space. It might not be the first car that springs to mind when you think family car, but the plucky Jazz is well-suited to town driving in particular.

There isn’t the same vast choice of models on the used market but finding the right one should deliver years of relatively trouble-free motoring.

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