Used Car for Approx $7,500 - $9,000 for Long Distance 300km One Way Commutes

Hi all,

A friend has asked me advice on what kind of car he should get as a cheap-but-reliable method of going about 300kms x 2 once a week, under some misapprehension that I know these things.

Off the top of my head I'm thinking a small-ish (but not tiny, for stability and ride comfort reasons) car, Korean or Japanese, and ideally no more than 5 - 10 years old, but apart from that I'm having a hard time narrowing it down because there are so many options. Currently in mind in no particular order:

  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Jazz
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Hyundai i30
  • Kia Rio (Cerato?)
  • Mazda 3
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Nissan… what's their model one size above the Micra?

Hoping to narrow that down instead of telling my friend to basically put in a dozen different models into carsales.

Thanks in advance!


  • +1

    My 1999 Nissan Pulsar is still going well :D I bought it with 172000 on the clock in 2006 (was a hire car), so I wouldn't necessarily write off a high mileage car if the price is right.

    PS - can get a gel cushion for under $30 to improve seat comfort if necessary

  • +1

    Hyundai i30.
    Just get whatever was car of the year for the car your looking for

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