What New Cars Should We Buy?

Hello,
Looking to replace all the existing cars in our household with new cars over the coming months. Would like to hear suggestions as to what cars we should be looking at for each. Would like to replace each with something very similar - looking at brand new cars or current models.

Mainly after cars that are comfortable and reliable. Will keep for 15 years so longer warranty would be ideal - I believe most manufacturers offer at least 5 years nowadays?

I'm aware there are delays on cars coming to Australia but don't mind waiting since we still have cars to drive.

CAR A: 1993 Mitsubishi Magna (Budget $25k)

CAR B: 1999 Ford Laser (Budget $30k)

CAR C: 2002 Toyota RAV4 (Budget $40k)

We bought all of these cars brand new and have maintained them well. Is selling privately too much off a hassle in people's experience? Are we better off just selling them to the dealership when we buy the new cars?

Comments

  • +5

    Mazda 3
    Mazda 3
    Mazda CX 5

  • +5

    If you can wait, I suggest you do so.

    It's probably the worst possible time to buy a new car.

    I'd probably trade them in just to avoid to hassles of selling privately. You'll get stuff all for them anyway unless you will provide a RWC which may cost you a lot of money.

    • good time to sell though

  • +5

    Magna - Kia Optima/Toyota Camry
    Laser - Hyundai i30/Seltos
    RAV4 - RAV4/Hyundai Tucson

    • +1

      New Tucson in a dark colour actually looks pretty good. I think I even prefer it over the RAV4 styling.

      • One of the soccer moms at school has one and I like it. I love the whole "hidden headlights" thing they have started using more of with their cars. And those sharp angles… *heart eyes emoji.gif*

  • 2022 Rav4 for your 2002 Rav4. I am sorry I am unable to offer any replacement suggestions for the other two.

    Looks really good. That said, $40k may not be enough for the new Rav4. And there is a long wait. I booked a 2021 Rav4 in May earlier this year and as far as I am aware, they haven't built it yet. Fingers crossed, I hope I end up with the 2022 model.

    • +1

      And here I was feeling optimistic after ordering mine in August lol…

      • I still think it's worth the wait. On a related note, I was surprised to receive a Toyota branded duffel bag last month as a thank you for waiting patiently.

  • Welcome to joining and posting your first post on the new Oz car buyers guide web site.

  • +1

    A: Corolla'
    B: Camry
    C: Rav4

    • Keeping it in the family. Good Choice!

  • coming months = 9-12 months wait for new cars. better start shopping 6 months ago.

  • +1

    Toyota.

  • No real specific suggestions from me other than stick to Jap/Korean cars if you want longevity. There's an absolute plethora of cars to choose from but Hybrids would be a smart pick with the way things are going sustainability-wise and for depreciation purposes (Read Toyota (Mitsubishi for PHEVs), but also upcoming Mazda, Kia/Hyundai group products).

    The new Honda Civic at 48k D/A is amazing value and should definitely be looked at if you want to buy into a company that will now certainly leave Australia before the end of the decade (I'm clearly joking, someone will come back with an inflammatory comment if I don't specify this).

    Now for your existing cars. The Magna will get you absolutely nothing, so just give it to a wrecker and take cash.
    The Laser is only worth it as a trade-in where you try and ask for an inflated trade-in value in place of a discount (unlikely nowadays). If you want to try get some extra $$$ chuck it on Gumtree and see if a L/P Plater / Someone who parks at the station wants it, you might get $2k if you're lucky and it has rego and no present RWC issues.

    The Rav4 on the other hand, would probably be worth trying to sell privately to maximise value for you. The trade-in on it will be pathetic as dealers don't want such old stock but being a Toyota it'll hold up its value well and there's always a sea of people lining up to buy one. Clean it up nicely, add some wax and take some good pics and price it just under the median point for an identical year/model with similar kms and it should sell within a week.

  • +5

    Don't have anything useful to add but just wanted to commend you on keeping your cars for this long, it says a lot about you as a driver and a consumer as well.

  • We bought all of these cars brand new and have maintained them well. Is selling privately too much off a hassle in people's experience? Are we better off just selling them to the dealership when we buy the new cars?

    If you don't mind what's involved with selling them privately, I would recommend you do so. Dealerships would likely give you $500 - $1000 for the Manga, Laser, and maybe $3k for the Rav4. You'd be short-changing yourself anywhere between $3k to $5k per car trading them into the dealership.

    • 'You'd be short-changing yourself anywhere between $3k to $5k per car trading them into the dealership'

      Even a 1993 Mitsubishi Magna? RWCs aren't free nor easy to pass.

      You can get a 10 year newer 2003 Magna with a RWC for $3,500 before haggling- https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2003-mitsubishi-mag...

      If the dealer is legitimately giving you $1k for a 1993 Magna, take the money and run. Don't look back.. haha

      • Depends on state, RWC is free and easy in WA because there is no requirement for one.

        • Amazing… I'd be buying and selling much more frequently if I lived in WA.

          WA is like it's own country… even more true during Covid locking out the rest of the Australia haha

  • Hyundai i30 are still cheap

    • 2021 Hyundai i30 Auto MY21
      $26,990
      Drive Away
      Hatch
      Automatic
      4cyl 2.0L Petrol

      $27k for a auto buzz box… i mean… yea i guess

      man that's a lot of sorrow for $27k

      • ive driven a rental i30 to the point where i wanted to buy one lol awesome little car

  • wondering if you buy all the same brand of car from same dealer you could ask for fleet pricing? or do fleet cars have to have abn and be same cars i.e. all kia rio hatch etc.

  • Camry
    I30
    RAV4

  • worst time in the history of mankind to be buying 'a' car let alone three.

    I would hold out at least until q2 2022. But hey I mean 3 cars is effectively almost $100k… if you got the dosh go for it

  • Step one: decide if a large sedan, compact hatch and midsized suv are really what you want.
    Step 2: go to car yards and test drive Japanese and Korean models.
    Step 3: buy the ones YOU like.

  • To think that in the year 2050, a brand new fossil fuel car bought today will be banned from driving

    • if the guy was around to buy a 93 magna when it was new he's gonna be long long dead by then, not even taking into account 'external factors'

  • I had same thought, we are looking out good sedan and what we found that subaru impreza (japand factory made) base model drive away is in $ 26K a great value for money and power and drive we get and ofcourse all time 4WD.

    Also Suzuki is good 25K, I found Kia to be OK too much hyped and almost same price as Japanese made.

  • Would like to hear suggestions as to what cars we should be looking at for each.

    Considering what is on offer now, your options are:

    Car A: replace with some SUV

    Car B: choose between SUV or SUV

    Car C: pick either SUV or SUV

    Plenty around :-)
    Not.

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