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!
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.
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.
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.
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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