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    Thread: Any advice re car buying

    1. #11

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      just a little bit of advice, we found that we just bought a little kia, thought it was ok for $8000 but then a few months later realised that a "big" car is the way to go here, what with all the hills and packing all the stuff in to goto to beach!!! id say spend as much as you can afford and get a nice big car, we got a falcon wagon, i nearly fainted when they said it was a 4ltr!!! but still quite cheap to run!! also they stung us when we traded the kia in, nost places offered us about $3000 for it!!!
      Got 175 visa 18th April 08
      landed on planet Adelaide 26th Oct 08 LOVE IT!!

    2. #12
      lize smit
      Hi how much are you looking on spending? We have a 2009 Nissan Micra (city collection) still standing in Adelaide that we desperately need to sell as we have moved back to South Africa on 3 July 2010. The car is in excellent condition and has 8000km on the clock . It is maroon in colour. If you are interested e mail me on danie.lize.smit@gmail.com

    3. #13

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      Mt Barker
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      When we first got here and wanted a car, we just popped in the local cop shop and spoke to some old boy on the front deak. They gave us the names of those to avoid like the plague and some that were good. Followed their advice and got great service (the one we went to was on Port Rd nr Port Adelaide) They gave us several cars to test drive and let us keep them over the weekend! We were quite skint and they did us proud! So maybe worth your while to speak to the police, but I would go in rather than phone.

    4. #14
      I bought a car in Noorlunga from Kerry Garner used cars. It was advertised as a 1.8 online, but turned out to be a 1.5 after I'd bought it. I phoned her up about it and her answer was "the website autocompletes the car stats for you. There's a clause at the bottom that says you should check with the dealer". Not even a hint of an apology.

      It's quite a nice car, but I wouldn't buy from her again. Extremely dodgy!

    5. #15
      We are selling a Holden Appollo its a 1991 model but don't be too put off at the age as cars here last a lot longer. It's just had a full service and runs really well. We are only looking for around $1,500.
      PM me if your interested.

    6. #16

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      McLaren Vale
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      Hi guys

      Thanks for all your advice. We have now bought a car from a PIA member.

      Derek, Jo, Ben, Sienna, Alba & Phoebe

      14/03/07 TRA - General Electrician - Granted   -   04/04/07 Visa Application Lodged   -   31/08/07 Medicals & Police Checks   -   19/11/07 PR Visa Granted, 136 skilled independent   -   08/10/08 Validation Trip to Perth   -   10/03/09 House for Sale
      30/07/09 ARTC Application Lodged   -   21/08/09 ARTC - Electrical Mechanic - Granted   -   22/08/09 Enroled for PEER Wiring Regs Course   -   26/04/10 Accepted offer on house   -   08/07/10 House sale finally completed   -   09/07/10 Flights booked for 3rd August!!!


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