Update: The Barina has been thrown out the window due to its rather bad reviews and also makes me rather nervous knowing that it doesn't offer ABS brakes. The smart...well...I've decided that it's probably a little over my budget. On the other hand, I've added another car to the list - the Ford Fiesta LX. Let's see what test-driving these cars will do to my decisions...
The time has arrived for me to buy a car *gasps*.
You would think it would be a fairly straightforward affair - choose a car, test drive it, buy it. Unfortunately, that doesn't take into consideration that I have got no experience with cars whatsoever.
Yes, I've driven about four different cars since first starting to learn how to drive. Sure, I've sat in my friends' cars, but I don't think that's quite enough. The last time my family had a car was when I was 17 and well, honestly? I never had any interest in cars back then. And since my father passed away about eight years ago, the only family member who could probably tell me a thing or two about cars is gone.
I'm utterly and thoroughly confused!
At least I've managed to narrow the choice down to three cars -
1. The smart forfour
This is probably the car that I really want to get, mainly because of its extremely environmentally-friendly nature. Not only is it friendly during its production, driving the car leaves me pretty guilt-free because of its low emissions.
It also only consumes about 5.6 litres of petrol per 100 kilometre (according to the Green Vehicle Guide).
Cost: approximately AUD$23,900
2. The Mitsubishi Colt
Although not as environmentally-friendly in its production, this car still ranks pretty high in the Green Vehicle Guide for its low emissions. I don't mind this car, except it's of course not as cute as the smart. But it comes in butterscotch yellow!
One slight drawback - it only comes in automatic and I would prefer to drive a manual car.
It also consumes 5.6 litres of petrol per 100 kilometre.
Cost: approximately AUD$18,990
3. The Holden Barina
(Yes, I have a weakness for yellow cars.)
The reason why this car is even in my list of options is because I can get it through work at a heavily discounted price. And well, that's about the only reason.
It's not particularly environmentally-friendly, although it's better than most. Fuel consumption isn't impressive at 6.9 litres of petrol per 100 kilometre either. The cost, however, makes this car rather appealing.
Cost: approximately AUD$14,490 (before discount)
Anybody with any ideas/advise/comments will be much appreciated.
By the way, I'll be getting a car through work (no matter which car I choose), terms and condistions state that I can only own the car for a maximum of five years.