What do I need to know about buying a new car? (Australia-specific)
May 8, 2011 5:11 PM Subscribe
So, despite my historical protestations to the contrary, I have found that it is no longer to function as a decent and well-rounded human being without being the owner of a car, which I can drive to the bottle shop and eventually crash and die in.
posted by tumid dahlia to Travel & Transportation around Australia (27 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am buying a new car. I have had uniformly poor experiences with secondhand cars in the past and am not going to consider a secondhand (that is, used, like an incontinence product) car even for a moment. Not one moment!
My girl and I went around some dealerships on the weekend. We hit Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and Holden. We are going to be buying a small, environmentally-friendly vehicle, and as such looked at the Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Something (i20?), Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris (what's with the console being in the middle of the dash? fail!), and were going to look at a Holden Whatever but the salesperson was of a profoundly surly, miserable and unhelpful disposition, so too bad for the Australian car industry, I suppose. I've heard stories about the steering wheels falling off in the Holden/Chevy Cruze anyway, and the Barina Spark only comes with manual transmission which I refuse to be associated with for religious reasons.
Anyway, after further research and some test drives in the near future, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a contest between the Suzuki Swift, Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta, or Golf Polo. (Originally we were going to go with the Nissan Micra but turns out it's a big piece of shit).
I've never bought a new car before. Well, by "bought"...I'm probably going to go with a novated lease through my government job. But pretend I got a loan instead. What do I need to know? What do I need to do? How am I going to get screwed? What's the best approach, finances-wise? What are your experiences, good and bad? Am I going to regret this?
To boil it down into a specific, less-chatty question: what are the top 3 things you wish you had known before buying your first new car, that you didn't know then, and yet know now, through knowledge and learning and bitter, bloody experience?