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Tips for a first car-buyer

Asked by Leanne Vaz

I am looking to buy my first car. I've done a bit of research, but I still have many questions that need to be answered. I am currently looking at purchasing a used 2013 Mazda 2 or 3 hatch (or similar), but I am still rattled, as I don't really have anyone to advise me on cars. Do you have any suggestions, or tips for me?

Answered by CarsGuide

3 Jul 2015 Graham Smith

You've chosen a good brand in Mazda, and good models in the 2 and 3. Both are good cars and give little trouble, so you can't go far wrong with either one. There are other brands as well, but I would recommend that you stick with Japanese brands and not be tempted by European cars, which can be expensive to service and repair. Look for a car in good condition and well presented both inside and out, a car that drives smoothly, and doesn't have any odd noises or vibrations. Don't take any notice of the salesmen trying to sell you a car; they're just trying to relieve you of your money and some will tell you anything to make that happen. If you can't take a trusted friend along to help you assess a car, consider getting the NRMA to check it for you.

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