I have been banging on about getting a new car for ages but now one of our cars has died which means we are only left with my little car. So the "sensible" choice would be a Mazda CX-5 as it suits our family well. However I can not get over spending like 40k on a car. That just seems so insane to me. We could get the basic model which DH does not want or a second hand car but DH does not want anything over 2 years old because we plan on keeping the car for ages. So I have been looking and the cheapest I can find is 35k up. Am I the only who thinks that is a lot of money for a car? It just seems like everyone is driving around these newish Klugers, mazdas, nissans but how do people afford them? Anyway the point to this post is to help me justify spending a bomb on a car. Or am I just a tight as.s?
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25-07-2016 09:44 #1
Should I get a new car?
25-07-2016 09:48 #2Senior Member
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Should I get a new car?
I agree, I think it's too much. I'd much rather spend money on holidays
We spent 9K on a 2nd hand car four years ago. So far, no problems. It's a 2001 model and it really is a great car, no problems yet *touch wood*
We also have 3 kids 5 and under so I don't mind that it's trashed most of the time
If you're thinking it's too much money, it probably is?
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25-07-2016 10:24 #3
I am one of those people that always spend a lot on cars. I love cars, love having a new car that is reliable and under warranty. (Not saying secondhand ones aren't, DH has a 2009 swift purchased for $5000 last year, it's the best little car). If you can afford to buy the car, want to keep it for a long time then go for it! I just purchased a new Kia Carnival last month ($50k+) don't regret spending that money one bit.
One thing I do say is to shop around. My car was selling for $60k, I looked on carsales, found the best priced car in a different state then haggled with the Caryard close to home who dropped the price by a lot to beat the interstate price.
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25-07-2016 11:42 #4
Yep I can't justify spending big bucks on cars either. Since we've had kids I've driven:
Holden viva (one year old) $17000
Nissan X trail (4 years old) $20000
Toyota Yaris (1year old) $12000
DH drives a navara. It was 4 years old when we bought it and cost $19000
While these are all decent price tags they're all under 20K, which is basically my limit. I shop around big time when we need a car. You can save a fortune buying a near new car.
25-07-2016 11:43 #5
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25-07-2016 11:54 #6
25-07-2016 12:02 #7
The new model of x trail hasn't been out long. If you look for the previous model (best boot space ever) I think you'll have a great chance of finding a really good one for 20K.
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25-07-2016 12:05 #8
I love new cars. If u want a new car I would look at a Volkswagen too Tiguan or even a Kia might be more your budget if you want brand new but cheaper etc
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25-07-2016 12:11 #9Senior Member
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I'm another that can't justify spending more than $20k on a car. I did it once (just) 10 years ago when I bought a brand new Yaris which cost me $21k. I only did this as I had just got divorced and needed a new car and wanted one that I could keep for 10 years with minimal maintenance and nothing to go wrong as I was single and clueless about car maintenance! Awesome car I only sold it last year because we were having our DD (so I kept it for 8 years and it was still awesome!).
I bought an X trail for $10k it's a bit older than I wanted (2007 model) but km were low and it was an absolute bargain bought from a friend of ours who had it since new so we knew the history. My initial budget for an X trail was $18-20k and I wanted a 2011+ model but could not pass up this bargain. I sold my car for $8k so this car cost me $2k.
I love my X trail and would highly recommend it. My DH is very handy with cars and can pretty much fix anything so it wasn't a concern for us if anything went wrong with it.
I think you can get a lot second hand for about 20k and personally that's what I would do, I just couldn't spend more than that on a car i would rather spend the money on a million other things
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25-07-2016 12:16 #10
Should I get a new car?
I refuse to buy a brand new car; they deprecate as soon as you roll it out of the showroom. My current car is the newest car I have ever owned, a 2012 Ford Territory Titanium (was 3 years old when I got it). As far as I am concerned that is as good as brand new and we make sure we get it serviced on time to keep it running perfectly. I was able to afford it with left over money from our house sale, paid cash for it so we owe nothing on it.
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