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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
This neatly brings us back to value. You'll need to look long and hard at the price of any car you buy. As well as the asking price, consider several other things. Registration, impending mechanical problems and fuel economy can all add quite a lot to the price you actually end up paying for your car. While you might snaffle a Jaguar XJS for two grand, the fuel costs alone will add up really quickly, and that's assuming it doesn't blow a head gasket, which it probably will. So get savvy. As a rule, Japanese cars will r un until the end of the Earth. However, while they are generally reliable, the exception to the rule could cost you a lot if the bits that go bang are expensive. They're great cars, and usually bulletproof-reliable (their mostly slow price depreciation demonstrates this), but if they let go, you might end up shelling out one arm and one leg to get them fixed. As to where you get your car, there are various options. The wonders of the internet m ake it easy to get good price comparisons (try w w w.redbook.com.au ), and there are a number of good sites to buy from. If you'd rather let someone else do the leg-work, how about Autosearch? See what they can do for you at w w w.autosearchtasmania.com.au The auctions are often worth checking out too, with many a bargain to be had if you're dedicated to finding one -- visit w w w.pickles.com.au Otherwise there are classifieds, the Trading Post, and even cars sitting at the side of the road. Or car-yards, which can be good if you want to cash in on an existing vehicle (via trade-in) without having to go to the bother of selling it yourself. However you go, consider getting an R ACT inspection, so you know what you're in for. Finally, some blanket advice for the whole scene of buying a first car. The author takes a break along the Gordon Road to point the way towards smart car-buying for young people. Classic cars: No. Just. No. It may look cool now, but it will break. It will catch fire. At least one window will leak. All the time. It may be classic to look at, but will you want to drive it when it smells like a wet dog's ar mpit after every sunshower? No. Unless you are well-versed in owning these oft-horrible contraption s, avoid. Prettied-up cars: I like them. They can be very cool. But they're not great first cars. Especially if they've already been five other people's first car. A friend of mine, an avid hot-car fan, once said he wouldn't even buy a car with after-market wheels on it unless it was obviously very well looked after, because of the likelihood of it having been thrashed or driven badly. Besides which, have you seen how much it costs to buy a set of tyres for those things? Cars that go whoooo-fuh-tish (or variations thereof): turbo cars are a bad idea. Especially if they have a loud blow-off valve. Come to that, cars with a lot of power are probably a bad idea. Not only do they drink petrol, they also have an alarming tendency to stick you into a ditch, traffic island or shopfront in the wet (or the dry, if you drive like an idiot all the time). They're also more likely to attract the attention of the police. Summing up, buying your first car can be a highly rewarding experience, but that reward generally comes as a pay-off for good research and thinking. So do it. You'll thank yourself in the end. ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING? I would be delighted to be of assistance when the need arises. I am commited to get the best possible price for you. Dedicated to listening to you and working with you. "PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST" Phone Roy Taylor 0488 588 052 or 0412 922 136 or email: email@example.com PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland MINTYS BODYWORKS 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 Life on the move December 09 / January 10 31
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