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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    I've got a Mazda CX-5 and I love it. Although it's now 5 years old and starting to fall apart a bit. Not sure if it's because of the way I drive it or because it's kind of reached the end of its useful life.. I've just spent $2000 on new parts and battery, and I've spent a fortune on tyres over the last few years. It's a great SUV, but the engine has always been a bit weak (especially uphill acceleration) because it's a 2ltr engine, which is small for SUV. I bought it new - I'm glad I did because if it's only good for 5 years, I wouldn't have wanted a 2nd hand one.

    Thinking of going for a 2nd hand Audi Q5 next
    That's interesting you've had problems with your Mazda as we've had huge issues with out Audi q3 and hubby now wants a Mazda as thinks they ate more reliable!! We've just spent over $10000 on repairs for our Audi that's less than 4 years old

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    That's interesting you've had problems with your Mazda as we've had huge issues with out Audi q3 and hubby now wants a Mazda as thinks they ate more reliable!! We've just spent over $10000 on repairs for our Audi that's less than 4 years old
    😯 wow, that's a lot to spend on repairs. As a mechanic's daughter, my dad taught me to always always look at the cost of parts for a car before purchasing it. Some cars have super expensive parts (Like Audi's), which means they are then super expensive to repair!

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    I must admit I loved buying my current car (a Nissan Tiida hatch) brand new and I don't regret the decision at all.

    I didn't spend huge dollars though - it was 18K after trading in my old Corolla. And I don't plan on getting rid of it for a number of years (I tend to trade in my cars only when they become quite old and unreliable).

    I consider spending in excess of 20K a on a car a pretty big deal, though it's all about being able to comfortably afford it. I hate having a car loan and can't wait to be rid of mine early next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    This is us - but we get car allowance for work as we need the cars for work and sometimes take clients out , we buy a new car every 3 years and it's just better tax wise to do a chattel mortgage and all car companies have extremely low rates ( I think my Audi is at 4% with free services and free road side service for 3 years so I literally have no other expenses apart from petrol , insurance and rego)
    Yep we had extremely low % and also tax whatever for industry hubby is in now we are trading it in because I am now getting my licence and he doesn't need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    That's interesting you've had problems with your Mazda as we've had huge issues with out Audi q3 and hubby now wants a Mazda as thinks they ate more reliable!! We've just spent over $10000 on repairs for our Audi that's less than 4 years old
    Wow! Really!? Damn! Might need to consider another car then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    Wow! Really!? Damn! Might need to consider another car then.
    We both have Audis and have never had any problems at all - they all have standard 3 year warranties or I think you can get up to 5 years ( if you pay extra) it's my first but DH second one and I'll definitely get another one

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    I've had a mazda sedan in the past (bought brand new) and a second hand nissan xtrail. Both fabulous cars and never had any problems. My ex husband still drives the xtrail and we've been seperated since 2008.

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    Most cars drop their price by thousands the moment their driven out of the sales yard. Add another 10-20000km and the price drops even further.

    I have had both brand new and near new cars and unless I could get an exceptionally good deal I wouldn't bother getting a new car again. I actually hate the new car smell, kind of toxic.

    Try to find a near new second hand car - you should be able to get one with under 20,000 km that looks brand new (because it virtually is), saving yourself probably 10K.

    We traded in our sedan a few years ago for a Kluger with 20K on the clock. From memory we paid about 32 (before trade in) and negotiated a free full set of new tyres (DH was mates with the manager). Brand new the sane car would've been 50K.

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    Not necessarily true @sunnygirl79 I purchased a new CX9 4 years ago, haggled with the salesman a fair bit and ended up buying it for an awesome price. 2 years and 30000km later I sold it for $500 less than I purchased it for.

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    We have family members who buy all their cars at auction from company fleets, so they're getting near new, reliable, always serviced on time vehicles for a lot cheaper!

    We bought a near brand new ex demo car, saved us a lot but came with everything we needed, new car warranty etc.

    Also, when buying from a dealer, definitely haggle. We offered 20% below their asking price and ended up paying 15% less in the end. Also try and buy during their big sales because they need to move those cars quickly so they're normally more flexible.


 

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