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  # 652010 6-Jul-2012 17:30
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mattwnz: ... Cash is king, so giving them a cash offer today, or you will walk away is a good bargaining chip...
Used to be but is not now AFAIK. The way things are setup now they make more money from a HP purchase then a cash purchase as the finance company gives them a slice for getting a new customer.







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  # 652020 6-Jul-2012 17:47
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IMHO I have found trademe to be hugekly overpriced for cars as most know the price they want but not what its worth. I have found Turners pretty good especially when companies turn over thier cars and want to exit them quick. Pay the $120 for AA inspection and its all sweet

I have a Mazda 6 2006 and the mileage was high-ish but that matters little as long as it has a history of good maintenance.

I have also found that if cars are well looked after cosmetically inside and out then its usually mechanically looked after as well.

Not sure on your model but there was an issue with transmissions over heating due to blocked fluting in transmission case. Basically after driving for a while you get noises, mine was replaced under warranty but Mazda have history in transmissions so best advise is change oil every 20k and that will ensure longevity.





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  # 652033 6-Jul-2012 18:16
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Nety:
mattwnz: ... Cash is king, so giving them a cash offer today, or you will walk away is a good bargaining chip...
Used to be but is not now AFAIK. The way things are setup now they make more money from a HP purchase then a cash purchase as the finance company gives them a slice for getting a new customer.


This is true but you work them down enough letting them think it's gonna be hp then offer them the cash/cheque.

Also helps near the end of the month when bonuses etc come into play. Then the cash would be looking pretty good.



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  # 652034 6-Jul-2012 18:20
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jeffnz: IMHO I have found trademe to be hugely overpriced for cars as most know the price they want but not what its worth. I have found Turners pretty good especially when companies turn over their cars and want to exit them quick. Pay the $120 for AA inspection and its all sweet

I have a Mazda 6 2006 and the mileage was high-ish but that matters little as long as it has a history of good maintenance.

I have also found that if cars are well looked after cosmetically inside and out then its usually mechanically looked after as well.

Not sure on your model but there was an issue with transmissions over heating due to blocked fluting in transmission case. Basically after driving for a while you get noises, mine was replaced under warranty but Mazda have history in transmissions so best advise is change oil every 20k and that will ensure longevity.



Thats where i got confused cause there was so much of the same car but vast differences in price and that alone almost made me give up.

The way i see it is it's from Japan, i always thought they'd buy a car then after 5 minutes buy a newer one so there wouldn't be anytime for thrashing. So im not really worried about that.

I had a look at Turners but they all seem to be autos and lower cc rating. I would like something with a little grunt.

The white one i want says it's in immaculate condition so im seeing that as a good sign that it's probably well looked after mechanically.





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  # 652035 6-Jul-2012 18:23
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nakedmolerat:
avecha:
nakedmolerat: What about this?

https://touch.trademe.co.nz/listing/view/491186101


Not too bad.
Thats my problem, i've searched everything on trademe and the Atenza is the only one that tickles my fancy.
The worst thing i could do is settle and not be 100% happy.

It also has to be a manual. Auto's and tiptronics in my opinion aren't real cars.


as far as i can remember, last manual i drove was about 8 years ago... i am not a car expect, but i have driven aurion sportivo in the past (rental). i personally prefer it over commodore sv6 or ford g6 (both rental).

that aurion is definitely a bargain. still has factory warranty (15 month).

3.5l tiptronic vs 2.4l manual. my pick would be the first one.






Im not really looking for something speedy just quick enough and something that looks nice.
The Honda Accords aren't too bad looking but are in the same price range as the Atenza so i may as well go for the Atenza.

America got the V6 3.0l Mazda Atenza.

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  # 652037 6-Jul-2012 18:26
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avecha:
Nety:
mattwnz: ... Cash is king, so giving them a cash offer today, or you will walk away is a good bargaining chip...
Used to be but is not now AFAIK. The way things are setup now they make more money from a HP purchase then a cash purchase as the finance company gives them a slice for getting a new customer.


This is true but you work them down enough letting them think it's gonna be hp then offer them the cash/cheque.

Also helps near the end of the month when bonuses etc come into play. Then the cash would be looking pretty good.


Also the best time to buy is the end of the financial year, end of March. Last time we brought a car, we managed to get a very good deal time way. Also there used to be really good deals on new cars at the field days, but no so much these days.



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  # 652040 6-Jul-2012 18:32
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mattwnz:
avecha:
Nety:
mattwnz: ... Cash is king, so giving them a cash offer today, or you will walk away is a good bargaining chip...
Used to be but is not now AFAIK. The way things are setup now they make more money from a HP purchase then a cash purchase as the finance company gives them a slice for getting a new customer.


This is true but you work them down enough letting them think it's gonna be hp then offer them the cash/cheque.

Also helps near the end of the month when bonuses etc come into play. Then the cash would be looking pretty good.


Also the best time to buy is the end of the financial year, end of March. Last time we brought a car, we managed to get a very good deal time way. Also there used to be really good deals on new cars at the field days, but no so much these days.


I always thought field day specials were utes or work trucks or fords and holdens.

If the car has been sitting in the yard since march could that work in my favour?

 
 
 
 


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  # 652046 6-Jul-2012 18:43
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avecha: The way i see it is it's from Japan, i always thought they'd buy a car then after 5 minutes buy a newer one so there wouldn't be anytime for thrashing. So im not really worried about that.



this is not always the case. the way i see it, after 5 years it is expensive to maintain the cars. they wont bother to service or look after it. rust is a well known issue with jap import cars. parts can be difficult especially if the car is designed for local use (ie: japan-specific model)

edit: good article here http://www.dogandlemon.com/articles/japanese-second-hand-imports







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  # 652048 6-Jul-2012 18:51
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nakedmolerat:
avecha: The way i see it is it's from Japan, i always thought they'd buy a car then after 5 minutes buy a newer one so there wouldn't be anytime for thrashing. So im not really worried about that.



this is not always the case. the way i see it, after 5 years it is expensive to maintain the cars. they wont bother to service or look after it. rust is a well known issue with jap import cars. parts can be difficult especially if the car is designed for local use (ie: japan-specific model)

edit: good article here http://www.dogandlemon.com/articles/japanese-second-hand-imports


Hmmm, like the guide says, i'll buy but buy with eyes open.



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  # 652049 6-Jul-2012 18:55
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The other thing with Jap Imports (and I've got two, and love them) is that they are most often tuned for higher octane fuel (Japan has 100 Octane) - so to run them efficiently here, you need to use expensive petrol (I run mine on 98 - Nissan Skyline 2.5L V6 - 2003).

The Atenza is a great looking car though, if you get one that's done over or near 100k, check that the cambelt has been done, or get it done straight away.




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  # 652052 6-Jul-2012 18:59
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trig42: The other thing with Jap Imports (and I've got two, and love them) is that they are most often tuned for higher octane fuel (Japan has 100 Octane) - so to run them efficiently here, you need to use expensive petrol (I run mine on 98 - Nissan Skyline 2.5L V6 - 2003).

The Atenza is a great looking car though, if you get one that's done over or near 100k, check that the cambelt has been done, or get it done straight away.



Most of the ones i have come across are chain driven so no need for that.

They are sexy cars though.
I've had a legacy for 8 years now and tired of being stopped by the police.
Two of the reasons why it's time to change.

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  # 652068 6-Jul-2012 19:56
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what about

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/mazda/atenza/auction-491188005.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/mazda/atenza/auction-487473452.htm

if at all possible don't buy high ks for ONE reason ...

imagine trying to sell it at 220,00kms in 2 years - how much $$$ do you stand to lose?




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joker97: what about

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/mazda/atenza/auction-491188005.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/mazda/atenza/auction-487473452.htm

if at all possible don't buy high ks for ONE reason ...

imagine trying to sell it at 220,00kms in 2 years - how much $$$ do you stand to lose?


The second one is nice. I might email him.

I agree about the k's but i've had my Subaru for 8-9 years and have only done about 1000k a year. Some of that was hospital appointments from where i am to Nelson.
So i don't do much k's.

Im thinking i will have this car a while as im not a buy a car every 5 mins person.

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