Ah, yes, I was kinda missing from deviantArt lately. Just one journal posted so far in 2015...
There ya go, let's give you friends some good, fresh news.
I was looking for a new car in the past weeks.
My current car, the 1999 Volkswagen Gol CL 1.6 Mi set the bar pretty high. Equipped with power steering, air-conditioning, electric windows, radio-cd player/USB, alarm, and the jewel in the crown, the surprisingly quick and quite fuel efficient 1.6 liter engine... the lil' VW won my heart.
That said, I narrowed my search. I wanted a car as equipped as my Gol, and built between 2012 onwards. Annnd I had a clear preference for cars with engines ranging between 1.4 and 1.6. I considered cars with 1.0 engine, for their lower pricetag and equipments. Mind you, the pricetag was a main concern.
I started looking for brand new cars. My first stop was the Fiat dealership.
I arrived there, looked brifely the cars, waiting for someone to help me. Nope, I had to ask for someone to talk with me.
The cars that would match my search were the Fiat Uno (i.ytimg.com/vi/sAsZk9MVAD0/max…) and Fiat Siena EL (www.autossegredos.com.br/wp-co…), both equipped with a 1.4 engine.
Between the two, I'd take the Siena EL: bigger trunk and lower price tag, plus the Siena EL looks better than the 2015 Uno, in my opinion.
Still, the Siena EL was over my budget. I looked at their used cars section. Two cars attracted my attention: a 2011 Fiat Grand Siena 1.6 (allthecars.files.wordpress.com…) and a 2014 Chevrolet Onix LT 1.4 (s2.glbimg.com/IZfbh2zjtwVvKEO5…).
The Chevrolet Onix didn't have air-conditioning, and the Grand Siena had a high milleage. Both cars didn't attract me with their prices.
My second stop was at a Toyota dealership. I wanted to check up the Etios X 1.3 (www.brdealer.com.br/web/images…). The car doesn't have a striking design, but interested me. It is known for being a tough and well-built car. The seller came to me and invited me to test-drive the car. The steering wheel requires too much movement, but the engine responded quickly, even with the a/c on. I didn't like the dashboard, placed in the middle of the car (www.terrasol-veiculos.com.br/u…). And if I wanted the alarm installed, it would make the car's price tag a bit too high for me.
Third stop: the Volkswagen dealership. And boy, what a surprise. A 2015 Gol 1.6 (mlb-s1-p.mlstatic.com/gol-tren…), equipped with only power steering and a/c has a stupid price tag. Way way over the top. The new VW Fox (1.bp.blogspot.com/-yLXzsvUazis…) was over my budget too. The Volkswagen up! (s2.glbimg.com/WVEIEZ34jR0o0dl0…) would fit in my budget. But I still think it isn't worth the money they're asking for it. Plus, it was a 3-cylinder 1.0 engine.
At the Ford dealership, I checked the new Ford Ka (www.semeucarrofalasse.com/wp-c…), which looks nice, has lots of equipments, would fit tightly - a bit over the budget - but has a 1.0 engine.
While the seller was talking with me about payment conditions, she started to argue with some Ford employee about a damaged Ford Ranger from an upset owner, etc, etc... and I was left aside, ignored.
When she came back, I asked her for someone to evaluate my car.
After some minutes, she showed me a value so low, so low, I almost cursed her.
I left the dealership.
I didn't bother myself about visiting a Chevrolet dealership, because I already knew their cars were too expensive IMO.
I looked at some used cars dealerships, and found a 2011 Fiat Uno Sporting 1.4 (imganuncios.mitula.net/fiat_un…). The car looks nice, is well-equipped and all. I did a test-drive on it. The interior looks funny, but the engine didn't feel quick. And it was making some weird noises when stopped at traffic light.
At other dealership, I found a yellow Fiat Uno Sporting 1.4 (www.dride.com.br/i/fp/149/585/…). It was a year/model 2012/2013. The car looked great, but the payment conditions were not the best.
Actually, the payment conditions for buying an used car aren't great. You end up paying too much for the car, after some months.
I then decided to go to a Nissan dealership. The friendly seller, after some talking, invited me to test-drive a blue 2014 Nissan March 1.6 SL (imguol.com/c/entretenimento/20…).
The car looks nice, the level of equipment is very interesting, it felt comfortable, the engine responded quickly.... the price tag + payment conditions would fit... the blue colored March would be a bit over the budget due to some new extra taxes. They had a pearl white at their stock garage, without the new 2015 taxes.
They would pay a good ammount of money on my car, compared to other places.
It has a quick 1.6 engine. It has electric assisted steering. Air-conditioning, electric windows, alarm, the wing mirrors are electric. Like all new cars sold in Brazil, it has airbags and ABS. The Nissan has EBD as a plus.
On top of that, it's a 0-km.
I bought myself a brand new 2014 Nissan March 1.6 S, pearl white.
To be delivered to me next week, after some paperwork.