Today we finalized the (hopefully) last, big transaction of our move: a new car. It’s a blue one. 🙂
Before we moved here, we set ourselves a budget of no more than AU$ 10,000.- for a new(ish) car. And this is what we set out to find, not having many more expectations. The only restriction was: no Outlander. After driving one Outlander for a week, I definately did not want to get another. Way too fuel inefficient and way too big for city streets!
So we checked the local used-car websites and found (amongst many, many other cars) a nice 2004 Mazda 3 for well below the budget. We visited the dealership last Wednesday to have a look, and liked what we saw.
What we especially liked was the fact that the sales guy was very open and up front about the state of the car (he pointed out a fixed side wing and bonnet, which I would totally have missed) and the fact that his main source of income is fixing cars, not selling them. So, after a short test-drive and a night to think things over, we signed the deal.
The car still needed to get a once-over, oil change and new front tyres, so it was not until today that we were able to pick it up. And so we did. 🙂