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I AM a 64-year-old teenager who has loved cars just about forever.
In regards to your cash-forclunkers article, I have found in the past that you seem to get a better deal on a new car if you don’t have a trade-in.
The dealer doesn’t have to try to make a dollar out of an older car. It makes things a lot easier for him and for yourself because you don’t have to haggle about the value of your old car.
With the cash-for-clunkers scheme, as I understand it, you get $2000 from Aunty Julia and the dealer makes a phone call to get rid of your faithful and reliable old friend. Only thing is, I hope a lot more thought has been put into this scheme than the BER and insulation schemes.
John Fuller, email You will get a better deal if you have cash for a purchase, but $2000 is a lousy deposit for battlers trying to make the numbers for even a $13,000 Suzuki Alto.
I HAVE a 2002 model Avalon which was one of the victims of the March hailstorm. My dilemma is that nothing we have test driven has been as comfortable to drive as the Avalon and we do not fancy the idea of driving all over Melbourne to test drive a whole range of cars.
Can you recommend a comparable vehicle to suit a couple of retirees who want a comfortable, safe car without paying through the nose. Four-wheel-drives are out as are what I understand to be SUVs, so another sedan is our final option
Eric Billingham, email It’s simple— go for a Toyota Camry. The Avalon is really just a Camry under the skin anyway, and you should get the comfort and refinement you crave with a T-badge on the grille.
I RUN a small transport/courier company, and have a few vans and a truck on the road.
About three years ago we changed our fleet over to Toyota HiAce (above) and I’m am very disappointed with one of them.
After only 2½ years the water pump stopped working. Though the warranty had expired, I would have expected Toyota to fix it without charging for the faulty pump. But no such luck. Not only that, they said the van would be off the road for three days.
That’s not good enough. We got the job done via Lube Mobile on the following day in three hours, and at half the cost of Toyota. Next time we change over vans, I’m looking at the Hyundai iLoad vans.
Gus Pegel, GTS Transport Services Sounds like more of a problem with the dealer. Small faults are inevitable in any car and the real problem is getting a deal with the right commitment to service.