Your very first new car

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Your very first new car

Unread post by BigDutchy » August 29th, 2015, 8:16 am

I was just reading "Bowman's" thread in the 4WD section. He bought a new Triton. He wrote that he is really exited and I can imagine that he would be. I was really exited when I bought my very first brand new car.
My first new car was a 1992 Fiat panda Selecta. Metallic green with a big sunroof, Borbet mags and a quality radio and cassette player!!
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What was your very first brand NEW car? Please attach a photo or like I did a intergoogle photo

****I posted this in non 4WD section as I guess quiet a few of us would have started in 2WD cars....

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by Les - PK Ranger » August 29th, 2015, 8:44 am

First new car, the Ranger I'm in now, purchased in July 2011.
At 49yo that year, I had always thought I'd never purchase a new vehicle (always put off by the immediate depreciation, and loss of gst since intro of that).
But the PX Ranger was coming out, and the prices to clear the PKs was just too appealing, was an excellent time to do it, so did :)
Was great picking it up for sure, and that new car smell that lasts until our first 4WD trip :D

Early on . . .

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by hoyks » August 29th, 2015, 9:18 am

I was working in the trade, fitting accessories to vehicles and window tinting. Every day you would get to drive brand new vehicles with less than 20km on the clock, some times before they were officially released. That was about the only perk, the hours were long and the pay wasn't that good.

I had a leaf Suzuki Sierra that I drove over to the dealer and picked up a brand new coil sprung version. The ride quality was a huge improvement, so I pleaded with the Mrs until she let me buy one (She had a 50cc Yamaha scooter to get to work).

One of these and in this colour, but in a soft top.

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The thing was cursed though.
I had it for 5 days and a bloke in a Pajero slid through a bog hole and tore the front bumper off it. 2 months later parked on a hill outside my uncles place, the work ute rolled down the hill and crushed the spare tyre into the tail gate. 6 months after that I was parked in a car park across the road from a restaurant and some scumbag kids went running through the carpark, jumping from car bonnet to car bonnet. :mad:

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by the-viking » August 29th, 2015, 1:08 pm

My very first car was a brand new Chocolate brown 1981 970cc (I think) Suzuki Sierra. $6950.00 drive away. All my photos of her are on Slide film so no pics readily available.

Chassis mounted steel Bull Bar.
Basic Tow Bar
White Sunraysia wheels which back then I mainly ran Desert Duelers.
Scheel Bucket seats. Loved them seats!!!
:)

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by BigDutchy » August 29th, 2015, 1:37 pm

So much for my statement.....*I posted this in non 4WD section as I guess quiet a few of us would have started in 2WD cars....
first 3 posters are 4WD buyers.....

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by Shann Low » August 29th, 2015, 5:13 pm

I only ever bought one new car and i been driving 35 years!

It was Dec 1993... Took the Kingswood up to Geraldlton for a holiday... with missus and 3 kids aboard as you do!.

Got past Perth and she just got hotter and hotter and overheated before we even made it into Gero.. probably the shock of leaving Nannup and the cool weather that killed the Ted Bullpit special!.

Went into the GMH dealer for a new water pump and radiator... to see if i could resuscitate the Kingswood enough to at least get us home again. While there the dealers was also the Bitsamissing dealer & he had 2 new Triton dual cabs on the lot!.
One a 4Cyl petrol and another a 4cyl T/diesel!.

The NEW V6 Bitsa was due out but the dealer principle wouldn't let the sales guys order one in unless they sold one of the 2 Tritons first! Everyone was wanting to test drive the V6 and they didn't have one so they knocked $6K off the top of the 2 x 4 cyl Triton's until one or the other sold! So from $34K down to $28K... for a brand new 4 x 4 dual cab!.

That had me "interested"...coz we were using the Kingswood as a business delivery vehicle and spending a LOT of $ on fuel & maintenance annually to keep it on the road and running reliably & it had no air con which was a bug bear in the summer heat with 3 kids! Then they said, coz I had a farm - I could get it for another $4k off coz of primary producers status on a ute I was sales tax exempt or something!!

That brought it down to only $24K for a brand new ute!
So they looked at the dead on its feet ol Kingswood and offered me $2K trade in!
So now we are asking only $22K..
Spoke to the accountant on the blower and he looked at our books and said you'd be an idiot not to grab it with both hands coz although your not paying the Kingswood off coz you own it - your almost paying what it will cost to pay off the new one the new one in fuel and maintenance savings on the Kingswood!.
So I said "what the heck" - where do I sign up?
We are doing all the paper work.. and then Prime Minister announced over the radio... a $1K "Investment bonus" on any new equipment purchases foir businesses before Dec 31 that year (a few weeks away).
Now its down from $22K to just $21K
I took the 4cyl T/Deisel Dual cab ute... red one!. :thumb:
Had it from 1993 new until ~ 2006, 500,000kms, 2 engines and 3 gear boxes later... :lol:
Heck I ended up selling it for $3500!
So I guess all up, if you discount interest and replacement engines gearboxes etc... $21K - $3.5K sale price = $17,500/13 years = $1346 / year was darn cheap motoring.... and that thing took me all over the state and towed boats into places there were only goat tracks!.
It was economical to run. It was relatively cheap to maintain excepting gear boxes and replacement engines.
We were meant to have that vehicle - it was probably one of the smarter moves I ever made - buying it in fact.
The overheating of the old Ted Buillpit Holden Kingswood special.... was a sign from above, that we were meant to have that new vehicle!.
What I saved on that one - I pretty much wasted on every vehicle bought before and since! :lol:
I never factored in all the tax depreciation we claimed on it & the loan interest over the years either!
People will tell you that new cars are a dead loss, because they depreciate so much the moment you drive them out the dealers lot, BUT... in some circumstances.... a new vehicle CAN make a lot of sense at a certain time in your life where reliability other business / tax etc factors are taken into account.
Missus drove that thing for years delivering product to our customers and doing the school run etc.
I took it everywhere fishing...
It earned it's keep about 4 times over in reality!

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Would I buy another new one today?
Probably not - I can't justify it and don't have the same business circumstances.
Would I like "another new car" just for the hell of it?
Hell yeah! :lol:
Theres a FEW I'd like... in fact.

One Powerball as the saying goes. :thumb:

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by hoyks » August 31st, 2015, 8:39 am

BigDutchy wrote:So much for my statement.....*I posted this in non 4WD section as I guess quiet a few of us would have started in 2WD cars....
first 3 posters are 4WD buyers.....
I had a '74 Ford Escort, a '80 Chrysler Sigma and a '90 Suzuki Sierra, it just so happened that my 1st new car was the second Sierra.

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by GBC » August 31st, 2015, 4:27 pm

Back in 1999 we went out to buy a Honda Accord for the new bride and came home with a b4 Liberty. One test drive was enough. Just awesome for the coin. $55k for a car that lapped Nurburgring as fast as the current (e46) bmw M3. Apart from work Utes that is the one and only new one we've had or are ever likely to have. I like bargains way to much to buy new cars unless they are a tax dodge. And it's a 4wd! Well sort of.
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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by No Fn Idea » August 31st, 2015, 6:15 pm

I have never, and probably will never own a new car.
Don't really see the point when I can buy one that is less that 12 months old at a much lower price
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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by foogill » September 1st, 2015, 5:13 pm

Had a Gemini on it's last legs, Hyundai dealer offered a silly price for it, cheap finance & a decent price on an Excel.

Drove it from Townsville to Sydney and then Sydney to Perth. Was very nice to drive.

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by Nutta » September 2nd, 2015, 8:11 pm

I never thought I could afford a new car, when i was a young bloke i couldn't work out how people could afford them, tens of thousands of $$, how did they do it?!

Mum and dad never had a new car the poor buggers so i thought it was impossible!

I found out years later that most of it was borrowed money, hence my first new car was a 2003 GU patrol, i was over the bloody moon! I remember seeing an immaculate near new GQ for sale with big wheels, suspension etc and i said to myself I'm gunna get one of those one day, and bugger me dead i did, even better though a Gu!

I've since somehow afforded a new trumpy rocket 3, an rg colorado (hate it), a nice caravan and the wife an fg xr6 falcon!

I work my bloody ring out though i can tell you!

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by BigDutchy » September 2nd, 2015, 8:53 pm

I don't do finance. Cash it is. But I have to tell yah, I really would like to replace the Rodeo but the value of the Rodeo and the car I want is not even close. I could go silly and just borrow the money, but something in side says...nope, can't do it....

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by Shann Low » September 3rd, 2015, 12:15 am

That brought back memories.. the GU..

I lied, I did have another new car BEFORE the triton... somewhere around 1983 or 84 I think - a SWB MQ Patrol!

Hell I hadn't even remembered that one!. :rolleyes:

I only had it around 12 months I guess...

We decided to buy a house and after only 12 months I sold it for cash, paid out the loan & used the $5K as the deposit on our first house!.

I actually traded my near new Ford Fairlaine for it, @ $11K 'swap'. I went to Perth to buy a new Mitsubishi 4wd that was "new out" and was flavor of the month.. they were ~$16K & I had owned the Fairlane that I bought 12 months old for $14K for a year...

The Mitsi peeps in Perth offered me $7800 - for the fairlane on the $16K Mitsubishi 4wd!

I said nah and walked... went into the then Nissan dealer on the wa6y to the missus folks place and the dealer sold me the new 2.8 liter petrol MQ Patrol for $11K and took the Fairlane in trade for it.

They had leaf springs front and back and were diabolical... pitched forward and back all the time on the road being such short wheel base.

Took the missus and the mate and his wife on a offroad trip from Lancelin to Cervantes (Pinnacles) via the military range. The thing pitched so bad, the 2 gals in the back seat got bruised boobs! :lol:

Like I said only had it 12 months and sold it for cash to buy a house!. We did do a trip up the coral bay as well - the air con was next to useless.. I remember that much.

Fancy forgetting my actual first new car... never really had it long enough to get attached to it!. :rolleyes:

The thing that i HAVE remembered all those years? (So 1985 - 2015 or 30 years).. NEVER buy a car from that car dealer! :lol:

In 30 years not one member of any of my family have EVER bought a car from that rip off pr!ck! :D

God knows how many $zillions the poor batsurd has spent on advertising on the TV promoting his car dealership and to this day I STILL yell at the TV - "Not even if you live to be 1000 years, you old pr!ck!" - when his adverts come on!.

I wonder how many rip off car dealers realize, they lose a customer (and friends relatives etc) for life, when they do the dirty!

I am a bit of a old bastard like that... even when buying used cars, I will take the trouble a couple weeks ahead of time that i will be looking to go in and order / pay for some small part from their service dept (fan belt or radiator hose etc - something that I keep aboard just in case as a spare part).

I do this just to see "how they treat me as a customer", for a few $ BEFORE they have made large chunks of change outta me!.

It's surprising how often you get treated like crap coz they think they already sold you a car.... and there's no 'upside' in providing service after the fact.

I don't buy cars from yards like that.... its always a good 'litmus test' before buying a car!.

One thing i learned - no matter how nice a car or how good a deal - there's ALWAYS another one out there in equal or better shape for a better price!.

I've never been afraid to miss a deal, for the sake of a week or so to test the dealer out BEFORE I buy anything from them...

Most young bucks are too eager... I was young once - yeah, about a lifetime ago!.

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by Nutta » September 3rd, 2015, 7:55 am

BigDutchy wrote:I don't do finance. Cash it is. But I have to tell yah, I really would like to replace the Rodeo but the value of the Rodeo and the car I want is not even close. I could go silly and just borrow the money, but something in side says...nope, can't do it....
I only finance for tax, couldn't afford it otherwise.

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Re: Your very first new car

Unread post by bowman » September 4th, 2015, 7:11 pm

I'm already loving this truck, it has cost me $16 for 250kmof driving this week, my old one would have been twice that.
Now I just have to save and deck it out.

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