The Olympics are nearly here, and while we have been patiently waiting for the beach volley ball, synchronised swimming and the table tennis, we have been lucky enough to have other great sports events to keep us entertained. The live footage of Tour de France leaves you fantasizing about a relaxing and warm summer getaway to Europe while Andy Murray is left to fantasize about a finals victory.
Meanwhile in this issue.... Mike from Levin wanted to know what he could get for $7,000, so we have stepped up the Cheap Car Challenge.
We have also compared the 2010 Holden Barina and the Hyundai Getz. These are two great little cars worth having a serious look at.
What's your favourite ute? We asked the question last month and we’ve got the results. They might just surprise you.
And I’ve had the last word – on snow chains…Read on for details.
|Picking the auction bargains: Cars $6000 – $8000|
Following on from the last two issues, where we looked at cars at auction with a $2000 budget, and then last month’s trawl through the best $4000-$5000 cars, this month we move up a level to $6000 - $8000.
Things get a bit tricky at this price range. Whereas with the cheaper cars you can perhaps afford to take a bit of a risk, this sort of money isn’t usually burning a hole in your pocket. It’s important to get cars in this price range checked over carefully and thoroughly by someone who knows their camshafts from their dif housings.
Again, all these cars have been chosen from the comfort of my desk without actually checking the cars out properly, so this exercise is strictly hypothetical.
|Affordable classics popular in Christchurch|
|If you’re after an older car in good nick then Christchurch seems to be the place to look. Despite the damage caused by earthquakes, there always seems to be some really tidy old beauties from yesteryear showing up at Turners down there. Two years on I’m still driving my exceptionally tidy twenty year old BMW that I bought there, and I came very close to buying a one owner, twenty year old Falcon wagon from there as well – and I don’t even like Falcon wagons, and I didn’t need another car, and I live in the North Island, it was just that good.|
|Bargain buy - Hyundai Getz Vs. Holden Barina|
Turners currently has both of these Korean built models being auctioned around the country. If you could only buy one, which would it be?
2010 Hyundai Getz 1.4 Auto 5 door hatch
The Getz has now been replaced in the Hyundai line up by the all new i20 but it still looks quite modern, if a little less stylish looking than the Barina. You get 4 airbags, ABS brakes, a decent stereo with MP3 compatibility, steering wheel mounted controls and air conditioning etc.
|Another Triumph for the South Island|| |
|Toyota Hilux in voting shocker!|
Last month we asked you to pick which new Ute you’d buy if you were in the market for one.
Predictably, many of you chose the Hilux. It has such an amazing reputation and if Toyota painted them all pink and rolled them in glitter it’d still be the punters favourite; or would it?
Looking for a late-model vehicle?
Then make sure you check out Turners’ Certified Ex-Lease Auction on Saturday 21st July. We have an excellent line up of 29 late-model, NZ-new cars up for auction. They have all been assessed and have passed a comprehensive inspection.
Last winter we ran a few handy hints on how and why snow chains should be used. With all the snow that we have seen around the country recently we thought we should remind you how to put them on properly.
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