The Road Ahead : December January 2009
• Perceived value in the eyes of buyer and seller (market forces). • Kilometres travelled. • Post factory modifi cations or accessories (if applicable). WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY Here are some examples of vehicles you could pick up in price brackets under $10,000. All vehicles represent a selection available for sale privately and chosen at random from newspaper classifi eds in mid-November. Expect to pay more for a similar car through a dealer. Up to $5000: Ford Festiva 1996-99, Holden Barina 1995- 98, Hyundai Excel 1996-99, Mazda 323 1991-96. $5001-$7500: Ford Falcon 1998-2000, Holden Commodore 1994-99, Mitsubishi Lancer 1996-99, Toyota Corolla 1998-2001 $7501-$10,000: Honda Civic 1996-99, Kia Rio 2004-06, Mitsubishi Magna 2000-03, Nissan Pulsar 2000-02 Mr McAulay said used car buyers needed to do their homework fi rst. “If a car seems cheap for its age, then there’s probably a good reason,” he said. To help buyers make an informed choice, racq.com has a pre-purchase inspection checklist that can be downloaded. Complete this checklist for each car inspected and you will allow be able to do a side-by-side comparison. If you need advice or have any concerns, call RACQ’s Technical Advisory Service on 13 1905. BELOW: Gillian West has had reliable service from her Golf. PREVIOUS PAGE: Tom Connah is happy with his Verada. The ubiquitous small car makes up about 6 percent of the 34,000 vehicles registered for road service under the RACQ’s free2go youth membership program. free2go provides motoring club services and benefi ts to more than 105,000 young Queenslanders. The Holden Commodore, formerly d benefits to more oung number one, accounts for 5.9 percent. The Mitsubishi Lancer represents 5.1 percent and the Hyundai Excel 4.7 percent. The fi nancial realities of teenagers’ fi rst car ownership s the 7 percent is refl ected in the average ages: Corolla (13.4 years old), Commodore (11.9), Lancer (9.1) years and Excel (11.4). The Toyota Celica – number 33 on the list – is still soldiering on at an average age of 18.5 years. RACQ’s executive manager vehicle technologies, Steve Spalding, said the age of many of these cars said something positive about their longevity of design and build. “But it also raises some legitimate concerns about the safety of the young people driving them and their passengers,” he said. “The national Used Car Safety Ratings Program and Australasian New Car Assessment Program generally confirm that the older and/or smaller a car is, the less likely it is to afford adequate crash protection to its occupants. “An older vehicle is also far less likely to have the active safety features to help avoid crashes in the first place. “While inexperience is undoubtedly a key factor in crashes involving young motorists, the crashworthiness of the cars they drive – along with the quality of the roads they drive them on – can significantly infl uence road trauma outcomes.” RACQ’s executive manager membership, Michelle Cocks, said the free2go data refl ected the purchase choices young drivers make, particularly when confronted with a limited budget. Ms Cocks said the RACQ would use the data provided through free2go to develop strategies to help young drivers and their parents in such matters as motor vehicle choice and maintenance. For more on the Ms Cocks said the RA use the data prov free2go to d strategies t drivers pare ma ve m free2go program, go to racq.com. fre go t RACQ’S CAR BUYING BUNDLE To make car buying easier for you, RACQ can help with specialist advice and a wide range of services at member discounted prices. For information on, and assistance with, car reviews, legal and technical advice, vehicle inspections, motor vehicle fi nance and insurance and roadside assistance, call 13 1905, visit your local branch or go to racq.com/buyingacar. 8 DEC 08/JAN 09 Young buyer choices T he Toyota Corolla is young Queenslanders’ fi rst choice of first car.
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