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#1 Nobodyelse

Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:19 PM

My new business was doing very well in it's launch and I was all set to purchase a new car for the first time in my life but in the last few months, the economy has unsettled me and I don't feel comfortable lumping myself with $25k of debt.

But a car is needed so a smaller, $8-10k loan is on the cards.

The question is, which car? My plans for another SUV are shelved and I'm now considered a larger hatch or small sedan like an Astra. It needs to have good fuel economy because I drive a lot for work, under 100km for the same reason and not too small an interior. I don't want anything more than 10 years old but the younger the better, obviously.

What say you, EB brains trust? I know exactly zero about what are the good makes and models out there.

#2 jayskette

Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:27 PM

Why don't you get this car under the business then? Tax write off, fuel/maintenance deducted ongoing, the debt, if any, will be significantly smaller.

There are no new/newish cars that are under 10K. You then are restricted to say a Kia that is still under the 7 year warranty, or a Corolla, Mazda3 that is around 5-10 years old.

#3 Nobodyelse

Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:28 PM

View Postjayskette, on 17 July 2019 - 09:27 PM, said:

Why don't you get this car under the business then? Tax write off, fuel/maintenance deducted ongoing, the debt, if any, will be significantly smaller.

There are no new/newish cars that are under 10K. You then are restricted to say a Kia that is still under the 7 year warranty, or a Corolla, Mazda3 that is around 5-10 years old.

I'm not looking for new any more. This is for a second hand purchase.

#4 hills mum bec

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:52 AM

I'm currently driving a 10yo Suburu Impreza and it's a really great, smallish car to drive.  I would definitely recommend one.

#5 Bugster

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:12 AM

A Toyota Prius .I used to drive a 7 seater one & loved it.
My mum & sister both drive 5seaters one, mum lives 1hr our of town (highway driving) & drives to/from work every day. Very cheap to run, mums has done 250000 without missing a beat. 5seaters are big enough that I can get 3 car seats in it & has a decent boot when I have borrowed their cars before.

#6 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:15 AM

We have a Subaru Outback and we love it! Love the sun roof, plenty roomy inside for the family, cut out motor to save fuel (not sure what that is even called?). Lots of other bells and whistles.

#7 born.a.girl

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:17 AM

Husband and daughter are looking for a replacement car for her in that exact price range.  Main contender is a Corolla.  Her previous Corolla was just a workhorse and never needed anything unexpected in all the years she had it.

#8 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:28 AM

Hyundai i30 or Kia cerato?

#9 JBH

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:48 AM

I would buy a Corolla, or maybe a Prius for the fuel economy. Of all the cars we have ever owned, the Toyotas are the most reliable, the cheapest to service and most economical to fix in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

#10 SFmummyto3

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:51 AM

A 2-3 yr old Kia Rio hatchback.

Still will have 4-5 yrs of warranty. Lots of bells and whistles and great safety rating. Looks good too I reckon I see heaps on the road. Could keep for a few years then reassess your financial position.

#11 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:58 AM

Love my Corolla, mine is 8 years old & never misses a beat.

The Hyundai i30's also have a good name, never driven one myself, but to win car of the year they can't be too bad.

#12 froglett

Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:17 AM

Completely off topic OP, but if the business is doing well, can you save the $8K within the business over the next few months and then buy outright through the business? Would be better than having a car loan at ridiculous interest rates and the business will benefit from the depreciation...

#13 born.a.girl

Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:19 AM

View PostPrincessPeach, on 18 July 2019 - 10:58 AM, said:

Love my Corolla, mine is 8 years old & never misses a beat.

The Hyundai i30's also have a good name, never driven one myself, but to win car of the year they can't be too bad.


This is apparently another that they're looking at.  I was a bit surprised because we hired one in Ireland, and although it was great, it was quite small, but apparently it's a different car here, based on something much bigger. Can't remember what.

#14 kimasa

Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:31 AM

One of the smallest cars out there, so yeah the interior is small but I definitely don't find it uncomfortable, but I drive an 8yr old Suzuki Alto 120km per day, 4 days a week and I've never paid more then $40 per week for fuel, and it only gets up to $40 when the prices jump up. $30-$35 is my standard.

They're being manufactured as Suzuki Celerio now and when Little Putt-Putt dies, I'm 100% getting a Celerio.

DH has an ix35 and it's a fuel guzzler, plus since it hit 5yrs old something seems to be going wrong with it every other month. I know the ix30 will definitely use less fuel, but the constant issues (mainly electrical) are ridiculous.

#15 Nobodyelse

Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:34 AM

View Postfroglett, on 18 July 2019 - 11:17 AM, said:

Completely off topic OP, but if the business is doing well, can you save the $8K within the business over the next few months and then buy outright through the business? Would be better than having a car loan at ridiculous interest rates and the business will benefit from the depreciation...


I can't earn without a car and my car's transmission is shot. DH and I are sharing the small run about that is also showing signs of a dying transmission. We don't have a few months up our sleeves.

It also wouldn't work from a buisness POV as my work is seasonal and I only have less than 4 months of booked work left for the year. Any savings we accrue are used to pay for the off season.

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I have gear I need to fit into the car as well as car seats for the kids so I can't have a super small car, as much as I would personally love something small, cheap and zippy.

Edited by Nobodyelse, 18 July 2019 - 11:34 AM.


#16 SFmummyto3

Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:13 PM

A friend bought a Kia Cerato which is a bit bigger than the Rio and lovely. Comes in both hatch and sedan

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#17 tassiekiwi

Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:25 PM

I really like my 2012 Holden Cruize wagon. can fit 3 kids in the back, 1 in a car seat. Plenty of boot space. good smallish car for town.
Though DH doesn't like it as he is 6'5'' and finds it too small.

#18 Pooks Combusted

Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:32 PM

I have a Toyota Corolla hatchback and it’s a very reliable car, I miss having a bigger vehicle though. You can’t really go wrong. Mum has the i30 and it’s a bit small for me.

#19 José

Posted 18 July 2019 - 02:43 PM

View PostPrincessPeach, on 18 July 2019 - 10:58 AM, said:



The Hyundai i30's also have a good name, never driven one myself, but to win car of the year they can't be too bad.

ive been very happy with my i30. id recommend it.

#20 José

Posted 18 July 2019 - 02:44 PM

View PostJBH, on 18 July 2019 - 10:48 AM, said:

Of all the cars we have ever owned, the Toyotas are the most reliable, the cheapest to service and most economical to fix in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

my DHs toyota has cost us a small fortune in repairs. we bought in second hand. i wouldnt buy another toyota after our experience.

#21 KA

Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:17 PM

We’ve just bought a 3 year old i30 after driving a 7 seater for 10 years. I love it! So economical and super easy to park. The ‘appleplay’ feature is fabulous.

We picked up a bargain at the government auctions. Very low kms on it.Worth a look if you have one in your city.

#22 Nobodyelse

Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:43 PM

Great suggestions, peeps! Thanks! Can't find any Prius in my parametres but have found some i30s and quite a few Corollas but they tend to be at the very 'I don't really want to go that high but I could' top of my budget. The Kias look a bit small as the 3 door are the ones that show up with my search filters. Three doors go to the bottom of my list due to my hip mobility would make it difficult for me to get in and clean or fix the car seat.

I forgot to mention that I need cruise control too which limits some of the manual options. (I do a lot of long fwy driving and have arthrititis in my right ankle that makes holding speed quite uncomfortable.)

#23 blimkybill

Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:59 PM

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View PostJosé, on 18 July 2019 - 02:43 PM, said:



ive been very happy with my i30. id recommend it.

I have a Hyundai i30 wagon I use for my business.  I am very happy with it, especially the generous boot. It's not as economical as some of the smaller hatches in terms of fuel. But it is cheap to buy, and doesn't need much servicing.
I would definitely not consider something like a Forester. They are much more expensive to buy and to service than an i30 or a mid range hatch such as a Corolla. A 2 year old i30 still under warranty might be $15K

#24 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:04 PM

Congratulations on your new business OP. It's an inspiration. :)

As for cars, I love my Camry, although the cheaper ones are closer to ten years old.

#25 born.a.girl

Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:17 PM

Husband tells me the 'new' Hyundai i30 is based overwhelmingly on the Corolla, although what he remembered as 'new' was 'a couple' or 'several' years.

Those who've driven older ones then may be driving the same as we had, quite a smallish, slightly elevated car, which suited us down to the ground.  Nowhere near as roomy as a Corolla though.

Those who think theirs is roomy may be driving the new one.




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