AnswerID: 120336 Submitted: Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 12:41
Toyota / Nissan - Petrol or diesel? Auto or manual? Considered a late model Range Rover / Discovery at all for towing grunt? If you’re not buying a new vehicle the choice and flexibility of vehicle vs price will give you room to move if you buy one a few years old and then modify to suit your needs – which I’m sure you’ll do.
However, wishing I was in a position to upgrade – I’d be grabbing one of each for a long test drive with the family in the back. Some good car yards may let you have the vehicle/s over the weekend but DON’T sign any paper work that looks like bill-of-sale and told it’s insurance stuff etc etc while you have it – otherwise you’ll find you just bought the car when you take it back on the Monday.
No matter what the vehicle you end up with being able to have an extended drive on familiar roads can be a bonus when crunch time comes to write the cheque. I’ve spoken to many owners over the years that wished they took more time in deciding before they “panic” bought out of shear frustration of vehicle availability – all thought someone else will grab the deal.
As some here have said – take a tape measure along and do some comparisons on your own spreadsheet for room and clearances etc.
Ring some independent 4wd repairers too for some feedback
on what comes in their door – ask what the common problem for every day repairs is.
Even insurance costs could be vastly different – ring for quotes. There are many (personal) reasons to buy one make over another but I guess it’s what you plan to do with it yourself that counts.
Actually any car’s a good car so long as it’s regularly serviced and maintained. So whatever your choice spend some money (that you saved on the deal) and change all the oils, brake/clutch fluid, brake pads, clutch, coolant, belts, filters, even the suspension so it’s in top nick from day one.
Might sound a bit over the top to do all this immediately but at least you are starting from a known point in the servicing and repairs area. That way you can drive pretty well anywhere in confidence knowing all that’s been done. You might be lucky enough that the previous owner kept all that up.
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