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If I were going to go into debt for the first time in 20 years to buy a car, what should I buy?

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KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Thu 11-Sep-08 22:40:50

I have been studiously saving a tenner a week in my credit union in preparation for my car to not pass next NCT (MOT). I haven't taken a loan out in long long long time. I might not even get one tbh.

But if I do. What kind of car do I want for under 2500 euro? It's me and the 2 boys and I want my first 4-door. That's about it really. Something safe and reliable.

Any suggestions?

avenanap Thu 11-Sep-08 23:20:39

I don't drive and like the bus but if I could drive (and I could afford a car) I would get an audi. My neighbour swears they are well made and last for ages.

KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Thu 11-Sep-08 23:23:02

they're $$$$ though aren't they?

[you found me!] smile

KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Thu 11-Sep-08 23:23:55

I have never had a car that cost more than 1000 euro. My current car is 94 fiesta and DYYYYYYYYIIIIIINNNNNGGGG

Tinker Thu 11-Sep-08 23:25:35

Get Japanese if you can

Swedes Thu 11-Sep-08 23:28:21

Get a Toyota. Their parts are cheap and they always come out top in reliability surveys. Could you get a 4 door Yaris for that money? They are brilliant and cheap to run.

Stay away from Audi and VW as the price of their parts will cripple you should anything go wrong.

<hides VW car keys>

sallystrawberry Thu 11-Sep-08 23:28:25

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KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Thu 11-Sep-08 23:32:35

friend's brother has a 99 VW Bora for 2700 euro. are they any good. low mileage. Good friend, wouldn't steer me wrong.

thanks for link Sally!

serin Thu 11-Sep-08 23:35:35

Where are you buying, in Ireland?
Cars are rip off prices there, my cousins usually come over to England to buy but then they have to pay hefty amounts to have it registered.
Think I would go for something small and reliable like a Micra, but with petrol prices as they are you might be able to pick up a Mondeo etc.

KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Thu 11-Sep-08 23:43:03

i'm in ireland yes.

KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Fri 12-Sep-08 10:02:16

bump for all you commuters

LazyLinePainterJane Fri 12-Sep-08 10:04:31

Don't get a fiat, the parts are expensive to replace and a lot of them have to be ordered from Italy.

KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Fri 12-Sep-08 10:07:19

my dad said FIAT stands for:


pooka Fri 12-Sep-08 10:09:01

Toyota v. good. Cheap parts, and lots of them.

herbietea Fri 12-Sep-08 10:09:34

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LazyLinePainterJane Fri 12-Sep-08 10:10:26

LOL kerry grin

KissYourKerryAssGoodbye Fri 12-Sep-08 11:05:03

haven't even looked at bora yet. will be away so will look at when return. Wasn't planning on anything till Feb (when mot runs out on this heap which keeps stalling every time I slow down sad) but friend told me about this bora. I don't know this is most expensive car I will ever own blush so want to get something to last.

LazyLinePainterJane Fri 12-Sep-08 11:16:54

honest john doesn't think too much to the Bora.

If you want something that is going to last, you need to look around and see what you see a lot of old ones of on the road, IYSWIM. I see a lot of volvo estates, a lot of estates in general actually.

LazyLinePainterJane Fri 12-Sep-08 11:20:07


Chocolateteapot Fri 12-Sep-08 11:32:01

Agree with Toyota. I just haven't had to worry about car repair bills, it is very reliable.

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