I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on buying a car...
We are arriving soon () and will need to buy a car. I guess our budget for a first car would be upto around $5,000 (less if possible). Is that a good price for a first car? How high would you expect the mileage (Kilometrage) to be on such a car? Would this buy a relatively good quality car that could be used to runaround within South Australia while searching for jobs, houses, schools and for doing some limited travelling?
How are dealerships in South Australia? Generally are they trustworthy? Are the prices a lot higher than from a private sale? Haggling is expected and are prices better for cash? Do they offer to include "on the road costs" with purchases to encourage you to buy from them?
How about roadworthyness (I may have just made that word up...)? Are dealers allowed to sell you a car that could fall apart as you drive it off the lot or is there a law which protects buyers for a limited time? How much does it cost to bring a mechanic or the RAC to check the car before purchase?
How about manufacturers - which would be the preferred manufacturers with regards to repairs and spare parts? Would cars manufactured by Holden and Ford perhaps be cheaper to repair in comparison to European cars such as VW, Peugeot, Citroen?
Fuel costs - I have never bought a car with a bigger engine than 1.8L - how do the australian 3 and 4L engines compare? What would be the difference regarding other costs such as registration, insurance, etc?
I understand there are no MOT's in South Australia - how are cars tested for safety and roadworthyness (there's that word again...) or does no one care?
There are a lot of questions here and I'm sure that most will have a simple answer (that have been asked a million times before) but still, any good advice would be appreciated...
Thanks in advance.