So my 2009 Jetta has suddenly had some major problems and I've been quoted at 4.5-5k to get it repaired. Given the car is likely worth like 7k in a working condition, I can't really justify spending so much on it given the major service is also due this year.
I'm looking to spend around the 20-25k mark although I certainly wouldn't complain going under that either! I really don't know much about cars so I'm not entirely sure what I should be looking at or looking for in a car as such.
Kia Cerato Sedan is appealing, at the price it's at I could probably afford to buy something new and get a 7 year warranty which would be great(I've had what I feel like is pretty bad luck with cars so far)and to insure it actually comes out cheaper then what I'm currently paying for my car. Every 15,000km service seems pretty strong as well. On the flip side, the fuel consumption at 7.4 doesn't appear to be anything special (going off what Carsales has mine at in comparison at a bit over 5).
Mazda 3 looks alright however I feel like it lacks some simple features that I currently have in my car like front sensors - not end of the world by any means, I suppose it's if I'm spending ~20k on a car, I'd ideally be getting more features, not less then my current car. Outside of that, it's cheap to insurer, and fuel efficient. Every 10,000km service.
Honda Civic are the most appealing visually of the 3, seem to be more fuel efficient in comparison to the Kia but insurance is dearer, every 10,000km service and I suppose I'm probably looking at more expensive parts down the track?
Love to hear the recommendations from OzBarginers, whether I'm on the right path or what else I should be considering. I'm guessing the suggestion is to go something second hand at around the 2015 period and my only concern here is then I'm not getting much of a warranty (and given how I've been burned of late, it is appealing).
Also, is there any go to site that you can sort of see what you're looking at for fixed service prices for cars as it's something I haven't been able to find when looking at carsales.
Edit: Test drove a Holden Astra LTZ and was pretty impressed by that and sits around ~23k for a brand new car. Open to opinions on that.
Editv2: Late addition but I've added the i30 which I'm looking at. Thanks everyone for your comments/suggestions/feedback.