Post # 1
Cost of servicing
Cost of replacement parts
Cost of tyres
Cost to insure
I can honestly say, when I got my first car, I had been in love with it for a couple of years- I had tunnel vision and only wanted that car. The car was $18,000 brand new, and I saved up to pay for half of it and got a loan for the rest. It was a metallic blue 2 door car, and I absolutely loved it! It only took premium unleaded petrol though (figured that out after I bought it) and got about 380km to the tank. I accidentally scraped the front of it down a wall, and it was tricky for the touch up paint guy to match the colour, but he did a great job. When I upgraded, I had no idea what I wanted, test drove a few and bought one that felt solid and safe – it was the right price, the fuel consumption was good, it took regular petrol, I liked the look of it, it had lots of airbags.
The downside is that a few days out of warranty, the compressor for the aircon broke, $500 to fix. Headlights have been a laborious task for the auto electrician, it needs a special battery (luckily both times the battery has died, he’s had one in stock). It’s coming up to the timing belt service which will cost $1000. Routine servicing is around $250. Under the hood is so compact that things are hard to get to, so it costs more. I also got it in silver, and I’ve had it for 6 years and the paint has started to oxidise and looks terrible. And apparently silver oxidisation is the hardest (if not impossible) to fix. It’s got an on board computer and the coolant sensor has been broken for a few years, that will cost a couple of hundred to fix – I haven’t bothered because I check it without relying on the computer. The handy thing is that it tells me when there’s a park light or headlight blown!
I was talking to Brother-In-Law, and he said his car doesn’t have a timing belt, it has a chain that doesn’t need replacing. Lucky!
I think if I ever get a new car, I will do A LOT of research. You don’t realise how important some factors are until they crop up!
What did you consider when buying a new car? What did you wish you had considered?
Post # 3
I considered mpg, safety, costs of repairs…basically just that. I like little cars so I don’t have to worry about too much other than “do I like it” lol for my SO, I had to convince her to get a v6 engine instead of a v8 for cost of fuel. I also did some talking to get her to get an smaller suv instead of a freaking ford f150. I wanted to cry just imagining the gas spent on that truck!
Post # 4
When I bought my car I had just walked away from a pretty bad accident uninjured and the vehicle I was in was a Volkswagen. That was the biggest factor when I decided to go with another Volkswagen. I also knew the cost of servicing and parts replacement which is why I chose to buy a Certified Pre-Owned car (excellent warranty). Plus I don’t owe anything on it so if I need to fix something I can swing it. Insurance on this car is more affordable than other makes/models I’ve considered in the past.
Post # 5
We considered safety stats first, then price, how they hold value, repair costs, and fuel efficiency in that order!
Post # 6
Thanks, OP, for posting this!
I am going to most likely have to buy a new car soon, and I want to make sure I consider everything before I purchase. I know my main thing is reliability since I travel 60 miles each day for work.
Post # 7
Not really. It has to be American, which in turn is usually cheaper maintence. Safety is important, but really it just has to look nice, be big enough, and fuel economy is a plus!
Post # 8
Cost of servicing Not sure what this is ? I buy pre-owned cars, so I’ll check with CAA if the price they ask is reasonable according to the year, brand, kms and options.
Cost of replacement parts Yes ! That’s why I decided not to get a Volkswagen.
Cost of tyres No.
Engine size/power Somehow.
Fuel consumption Yes. One of the first things I check actually.
Environmentally friendly I can’t afford the new technology, but yes in regard of the previous answer. I look both how much it consumes ($$) but also how much it ”wastes” CO into the air.
Cost to insure Yes.
I could summarize all this by saying : when I wanted to buy a car, I decided on a budget, I determined what my needs were, and what was important to me. I set a list of criterias. Then I chose 5-6 car brands that meet my general criterias and were within my price range, and I compare and look at feedbacks online (and read about the tests CAA run for each car). Then I decided not to go with a Volks since it’s significantly more expensive for repairs. I decided not to get a Mitsubishi because the insurance prices were higher. I decided not to get another Hyundai because having driven one (Accent) I didn’t like how unstable it was on the road when it was windy, and it had a hard time driving up a hill. So I went with something that would provide more stability on the road and was more powerful, while still being affordable, not too bad for environment, not to expensive on gas, and looked good overall (had no rust and barely any scratch), and scored well on crash tests (all this info is provided from CAA).
I found a car I liked, I got it inspected and called CAA to know if the price they were asking was reasonable (they evaluated it for me, free) and once they confirmed it was a good deal, and the mechanical inspection confirmed my car was like brand-new, I purchased it. I ended up with my Mazda 3 and I’m 100% satisfied. 🙂