Buy your dream Aston Martin - Aston Martin V12 Vantage buying guide

Can’t quite stretch to a One-77? Don’t worry – you could be enjoying a V12-engined Aston Martin for as little as £30k. Peter Tomalin is your guide

Price: £85,000 (2009) – £128,000 (2011)  Current list: £135,000

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Introduced in 2009, the V12 Vantage has among the best residuals of any recent Aston, thanks to a limited supply and strong demand among aficionados.

Equipment levels are high, but the Bang & Olufsen hi-fi and the lightweight seats are sought-after options. Pirelli P Zero Corsas fitted to early cars can make it a handful in the cold and wet; later versions have less extreme P Zeros, which are now generally preferred. By 2009 the Gaydon Astons were generally well-sorted, and there are no major recurring mechanical issues. The V12 (which puts out 510bhp) does use oil, so check the level – if it’s a private car, ascertain that the owner has always done the same. Check the condition of the CCM ceramic discs, which are very expensive to replace. Also inspect the vulnerable front splitter – it’s £6k for a new one. Battery age and condition are important, as a poor battery can lead to electrical gremlins. Try the gearchange from cold and beware clutch judder or slip on take-off.

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‘I bought one’

John Gladman - ‘I bought my 59-plate V12 Vantage in December 2011 at 6400 miles – it’s now covered 10,200. I had a new clutch under warranty as some early ones made a squealing noise – it didn’t have any adverse effect, but it was noisy and not what I expected of a £140,000 car. In fairness, Aston replaced it without any fuss. I love the car and would buy another in a heartbeat. It’s monumentally quick, handles well, sounds glorious, looks beautiful and has a presence like no other.’

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