It's the end of the fiscal year in Australia and that means EOFYS (End of fiscal year sales) until June 30. Yeay!! "Deal deals deal", additional 25% off on all discounted items, "Buy To Save" (we'll we haven't seen this slogan around here in Oz but this American oldie still fits the bill)
It's the moment to get some deals arround. Well, if we may believe the locals, it's either now or we wait until next December. We kinda need everything at the moment as we sold most of our stuff but the most important item would be a car right now. Since I'm pretty green behind my ears when it comes to cars I'm not keen to buy a second hand car. So it's sales time and we need a new car .... it couldn't be a better match.
We knew we'd have to buy a car shortly after our arrival as we only have the rental for a month. So prior to our departure we did our nightly research. Hours and hours on useful website like caradvice.com.au or less useful, but very entertaining, sites like topgear.com have made us warm for a 4x4. Very broad term, I know, but since we are in the country of 4x4 it would be a shame to let the opportunity go to waste. Another element which reinforced our "need" for a 4x4 are the Australian roads. If you thought it is bad in Belgium than guess again. Sharp curves and bumps are part of a good Aussie road. Throw in 4wd beach access and we suddenly couldn't go without a 4x4 anymore ;-)
To drill down the 4x4 segment, you've got your
- utes : Australian slang for a utility vehicle like a pick up but lower to the ground
- crossovers: Anything from a VW Tiguan, Mitsubishi outlander, Hyundai IX 35 (new version of the tuscon)
- SUV: Nissan Pathfinder, Range Rover freelander 2
Both yesterday and today Nina and I have plunged ourselves in the car industry to limit our choices even further. We went over to Toyota, Subaru, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Holden (Australian brand) and ford and many others. After the first day hearing all about how wonderful all these cars are from the sales people (some nice, some just not listening) we boiled it down to following choices for a test drive.
- Toyota Rav4: Great car but a bit older in styling, very common on the Aussie roads and very capable off road
- Mitsubishi Outlander: American styled , very large cargo space but only comes in petrol (as the rav4 btw)
- Hyundai IX35: The successor or the Tuscon. Very european look (it's the white car above), very nice finish inside. A small note here. Our landlord is the Area manager of Hyundai and promised us a great deal.
- Suzuki Grand Vitara: Probably the most capable off roader of the 4 but this means a higher base budget so less gizmo's
We'll keep you posted!
Ps: Let us know what you think. Not only about the cars but about the blog as well. We start to have a little bit more time to write so you can expect more posts soon. Let us know if you'd like us to write about something special.
[Next post about finding a car -FR]