For peace of mind buy a new car

The Advertiser - Motoring - - WHICH CAR? - MAZDA3

Ah yes, the good old VY. Did the plas­tic in­sert in the rear bumper fall out? So many have.

The new VF is a very dif­fer­ent beast to the other pos­si­bil­i­ties you men­tion, be­ing a much large car and that means higher fuel con­sump­tion. They look good though.

You’re bet­ter off with a smaller car but un­for­tu­nately all of those you men­tion will set you back more than $20K on the road — and an auto will be an­other $2000.

Rather than go­ing sec­ond­hand, we’d rec­om­mend try­ing to scrape a lit­tle ex­tra to­gether to buy the peace of mind that goes with a new car, with a long-term war­ranty and fixed-price ser­vic­ing. All of th­ese get five stars for safety.


I’d steer clear of the VF and chase a deal on one of the smaller cars. The Mazda3 is the most pow­er­ful and uses the least fuel. But you might find some runout Elantras within your bud­get. Try for the best deal rather than be­ing emo­tion­ally in­vested in a par­tic­u­lar model.

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