There is a lot that goes in to the purchase of a second hand car. Buyers need to consider—among other things—what they need the car for, how often they will use it, and where they want to purchase it from. One of the biggest benefits of buying a used vehicle is that the original owner has already taken the biggest hit in cost. The best-case scenario of course is that you are the second owner, as opposed to the third or fourth, as with each new owner the quality and functions of the car will be greatly reduced.
While there are many second-hand cars to choose from, several stand out as the most popular here in Australia. While the following is not a comprehensive list, it does reflect some of the general trends.
These cars are not only fun to look at, but their engineering is top-notch as well. If you’re looking for a car that is great for the whole family, the 2008 Neo Sport hatch or sedan is a smart option. They also come with an optional safety pack, which includes stability control and six airbags. Part of the reason this car is so popular is because it feels so secure on the road. The interior is durable and for a smaller car it has plenty of room for passengers. The Neo Sport hatch contains a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol engine.
You commonly see many of these on the road, and for good reason. A Corolla from 2007-08 will likely be relatively inexpensive, yet still ride like new. Many like the Corolla because of its intuitive controls and because it is incredibly easy to drive and to park. The seats are comfortable and the interior is roomy, not to mention the boot is large enough to cover almost all of your transportation needs. The 4-door sedan and 5-door hatch both scored five stars on the ANCAP.
While Mazda seems to have overtaken Mitsubishi in terms of popularity in Australia, this is mostly in reference to larger cars, which Australians are shying away from. The Lancer remains a favourite of those looking for something compact but reliable. It may not be the most exciting car to look at, but it is well worth the price, given the fact that it was heavily discounted even when new. It carries a 2.0-litre petrol engine, which runs best on regular unleaded. It also runs with a highly efficient CVT, which makes it a smooth ride around town. Many are also drawn to its safety features; both the sedan and sportback received a five-star rating on ANCAP.
Not everyone is looking for the newest possible vehicle. In fact, vintage cars have developed a large following in recent years. These are three models that seem to be especially popular at the moment.
Designed and sold by Nissan Motors, this car was originally only available in the U.S. in 1974, finally becoming available to the rest of the world in 1978. Its timeless design was orchestrated by the head of the Nissan Sports Car Styling Studio. It was greatly improved from its earlier models and included a larger engine, more stiffness in the chassis, better climate controls and a host of other upgrades.
f you were around in 1966 you may have seen this car dropped out of a plane as a publicity stunt. It had a number of variants, including the coupe, all of which were incredibly popular at the time. The vehicle even won the European Car of the Year Award when it was released. Its look remains classic today, which is why so many are looking to buy it.
Volkswagen Beetle 1200
Some argue that there is no car more classic than the Beetle. That is likely why it is the longest running car that is based on a single design platform. Designed in the 1930’s, it was produced on a mass scale until almost 20 years later. While the most recent models are also incredibly popular, drivers will be seeing this classic on the streets for years to