Car + Running Expenses Totalling under $75k over 2 Yrs

Hiya,

The missus is currently carless and has been offered a company car package, as opposed to a company car. The amount is a maximum of $75k and is inclusive of all running expenses for the first 2 years but does exclude insurance premiums.

Ideally, we would like it to be a 7-seater and to stay under the allocated budget. She'll forego whatever she doesn't use.

She already has her heart set on a particular car but I was wondering if there are other options she could look at.

Cheers,
JJB

Edit : Her previous car was a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe (MY19 HIGHLANDER ,2.2 L Turbo Diesel , Auto). Her only requirement is that the car comes in blue. 🙄

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      Is that the one that has a 6 to 7 months wait time?

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        Thought that was the smaller more popular RAV4 but I'm sure Spackbace can confirm.

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          If you had to choose between the Hyundai Highlander, which is the one the missus want, and the Kluger, which one would you pick?

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          @spack has been MIA since Friday, which is unusual for him. Hope he's OK.

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            @Jar Jar binks: It was the RAV4 hybrid that had a long wait time but I think it's getting better now. The Kluger hybrid is also coming out but that won't be until next year.

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            @Jar Jar binks: I was around, jees stalker much ;)

            RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser has a 6-7 month wait time, and yeah unfortunately Kluger hybrid won't be out till next year but will certainly be much more refined.

            Unfortunately current Kluger is outdated compared to other models in our range, and the competition. While it's a very comfortable car with plenty of power, value for money likely won't stack up well

            Side note, how about the Granvia VX 6-seater? Absolutely comfortable car, only problem is it's the size of a tank! (Based on current Hiace).

            Granvia
            On Toyota Access over 2yrs/40,000kms, it'll cost around $55,848. Leaves you $15k towards fuel ($144/wk), with ~$4k towards the remaining expenses.

            Oh, but it's not blue

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              @Spackbace: Cheers! ! Not blue and a tank..the missus will definitely balk .

              Does Toyota have any plans to add a 3rd row to the Rav4 Hybrid anytime soon?

              I was around, jees stalker much ;)

              I was a bit lost without you and tshow. I didn't know how to find new threads to comment in:(

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                @Jar Jar binks:

                Does Toyota have any plans to add a 3rd row to the Rav4 Hybrid anytime soon?

                Ewww no! Then it would look like a Dualis +2, and no one wants that

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                  @Spackbace: Do you have a preference between the Hyuandai Santa Fe and the Mazda cx9? The missus wants the Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander and her company would rather she got the Mazda CX9 Azami.

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                    @Jar Jar binks: Honestly, haven't driven either

                    Go take them for a bash, ask to have them overnight but make sure you test drive them back-to-back, and see which suits your needs better.

                    Overnight test drive might be easiest for you as you can test the car seats. How many kids will you have in there and what ages?

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                      @Spackbace:

                      How many kids will you have in there and what ages?

                      By the time we get the car, the kids will be 13 , 13, 6 and 3.

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                        @Jar Jar binks: Honestly, a people mover like a Kia Carnival could be a much better option for flexibility. 2 car seats, 2 older kids, pram… The average 7-seater would prove to be a total PITA for that. A people mover might not be the hip, cool thing to do, but the flexibility and those sliding doors on the side could be an absolute god-send!

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    Toyota prado landcrusiser 60k and annual runn ikgng costs would be around 7.5k.

    To get the car for 60k you will have to shop around. My boss just brought it from toyota kedron scifi brisbane.

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      I would agree if they didn't have the pitiful 174hp 2.8L 4-cylinder diesel. Kluger still has the 290hp 3.5L V6.

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        I think the numbers are the peak power outputs only. When comparing diesel to petrol, look at the specs for when the peak torque/power are produced.

        The diesel would hit peak torque down low where it will always be reached in normal driving but the petrol may only reach the specified power near the red line so it might never be used.

        Diesel vs petrol really depends the what the car is used for.

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    Mazda CX9, I had one for a company car and I really miss it.

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    JJB, has Covid-19 put a temporary or permanent halt to you dream move?

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      Our plan was, and still is, to move in 2022 for many reasons: we're in the middle of an adoption process, I'm going back to uni, my wife's working on a major project… etc But if anything were to happen to my in-laws, we'll pack and leave earlier.

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    If only they would bring out the Kia Telluride here - add some 22-24 inch rims and you'd be gangsta!

    https://www.kia.com/us/en/telluride/gallery.exterior

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      Omg! That is one awesome vehicle. In a matte metallic gun metal grey… It has South American drug cartel king pin written all over it…

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    I must be the only person who immediately thinks Kia Carnival, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai iMax, Toyota Alphard/Vellfire/Tarago/Estima/Granvia when someone says they want a 7 seater.

    Put your ego aside and choose the right vehicle for your use case. 7 seats = van, 5 + 2 occasional seats = SUV.

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      It is also a company car. It will get passed on to someone else in 2 years. The company has already made a concession regarding the 7-seater SUV instead of the usual sedan. A van would be completely out of the question.

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        Fair point and in that case, is there a selection of SUVs the employer would prefer (kick backs no doubt)?

        The highlander seems like a good option, only the CX9 I think looks better than it.

  • -1 vote

    "She already has her heart set on a particular car"

    OP is looking for a divorce
    Mate keep your nose out of it and let her decide if you want to know whats good for you.
    Thats the best and most honest advice you will gete here.

    Remember:
    "Happy Wife, Happy Life"

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