Any advice would be welcome, please :)
Currently driving the purple hurtle i.e. Hyundai excel auto w 1.3L motor which has served me well, until just over a month ago when two things happened:
a) I finally found a job but it means driving from Frankston to Thomastown and back each day, and
b) coming home one night it kindly waited til I drove into our court before crapping out completely [killed me trying to push it into the kerb with no power steering working, let me tell you]
It was always gutless but for just going to shops this didn’t matter. Now, even with a new alternator etc it’s got less oomph than ever which is to say even just merging into 80 kph traffic is a tad dangerous.
With a budget of $10,000 tops, what would you be looking for? Any recommendations as to miles on the clock, makes or models to avoid?
I’m thinking an auto about 3 L size would be a lot safer on freeways than the paper bag I currently risk my life in.
Plus driving without cruise control is exhausting especially on eastlink with all those vicious and unforgiving speed cameras.
I’m no hoon but it’s hard keeping a speedo under 103 for a whole hour without giving up and just sitting on 90 thus precipitating a million cases of road rage and probably being indirectly responsible for a good deal of domestic violence or at least excessive alcohol intake.
What’s the story with car dealers and trade-ins? The purple hurtle is insured for $2,000 but of course since moving to melb it’s been rammed, side-swiped and dented, [not by me – I cause accidents but don’t have them] - will soon need new tyres, and I’m not sure I could be bothered “detailing” it. Personally I reckon it’s worth the rego refund. Is using it as a trade-in really going to have much impact on the final price a dealer asks for a newer car?
If anyone out there has had to buy a car with such a small budget recently, perhaps you could suggest whether it’s best to look for a private seller or just go to a dealer? Does Granny Davis still sell cars?