Good news - got a promotion at work. Bad news - losing the company car (field vehicle) and now need a car to get me from A to B.
We have a family car (Rav4) already (have 3 young kids) that we are planning on upgrading into a 7 seater in the next 5 years. This is really just to get me to and from work (within 20km's) and pickup the kids from school/grandparents etc.
Needs to have room in the back for 2-3 kids seats/boosters, room in the boot for bags, fairly economical and cheap to insure etc. Beyond that, i couldnt give a stuff as long as its reliable, easy to repair/service, and will hold its value reasonably-ish……..I had considered hatchs (Corollas, Mazda3, Ceratos, i30's etc) and sedan/wagons (Mazda6, Camry etc).
Anyone got any hot tips? I cant believe the price of used cars at the moment! I guess the pandemic has affected it somehow…? I was hoping to snag a 5yr old hatch for around $12k but that seems to be pipe dreams!
Also interested in peoples opinions on where to buy? Carsales only? Marketplace? Online auction houses? (im in melbourne).
Also, what km's is too high bearing in mind ill be lucky to do more then 7,000 each year.