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    Default Re: Tips for buying a used car

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick G View Post
    Thanks for all the advice guys, some great things to think about! Dugi, I'll flick you a pm, that would be really appreciated!What I'm looking for a car is pretty much what everyone wants in the first car - fairly cheap to buy and fairly reliable. I'm having a look at it tonight, so I'll be sure to look at all the things listed there, especially in regards to the engine.
    that would be a corolla
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    Quote Originally Posted by plod View Post
    that would be a corolla
    Yea, but I have a soft spot for Subaru's All comes down to the engine condition and transmission really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plod View Post
    that would be a corolla
    or mazda 323/ford laser

    'reliable & cheap'
    That will be a pretty boring car (Corolla/323), almost certainly wont be one of the cooler cars (ie it wont be a Subaru)

    Even then, for $2k, dont expect new car reliability, need to be realistic. It will be old, parts wear out & fail even on the most reliable cars
    If its a really good car that doesnt have issues, and wont have issues, why are they selling it ?

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    Default Re: Tips for buying a used car

    They are also pretty hard on fuel. IMO flag the subie and look for a less than 1.8l Toyota, Mazda or Nissan of roughly the same age.

    A very quick search brings up the following cars in Canterbury

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-953286376.htm

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-954653898.htm

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-955046575.htm

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-952450811.htm

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-953166577.htm

    I'd take any of those over the subie.
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    Nissan Almera, I had one ,a 1999,sold at 160000, never touched it.

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    Make that Primera, senior moment alas.
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    I took it for a test drove and it ran fairly well, but I think I'l stay away, too much against older Subaru's it seems.

    How does something like this look? http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-956734834.htm

    Perhaps a little more realistic/cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick G View Post

    How does something like this look? http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-956734834.htm
    Some surface rust has been treated.....

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Cate...ch_suggested=0
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    Definitely worth checking in detail for rust, but if it was just some surface rust which had been treated, is it really a problem?

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    Default Re: Tips for buying a used car

    I hate, hate, hate boring cars with a passion. But for a first car, on a low budget, a Corolla or Civic would be my picks. You want something that generally just works, and is easy and cheap to fix if it does go wrong. There's very little that can match those two for those categories. I would love to say "Get the Subie, you won't regret it!" - and you won't while it's working. But at 250k kms, when you have to shell out another $2k - $3k to fix the engine/transmission/something else in 6 months time you'll regret it.

    Also, assuming reliability and such is a big desire and you're not particularly mechanically adept yourself, I would absolutely shell out the $120 or so for a reputable mechanic to do a pre purchase inspection to make sure any major things are caught and help you make an informed decision. Even on a cheapie $2k car, another $100 here or there for a bit better insight into it's state is well worth it imo.
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