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Looking for suggestions / tips in buying my first car

Started by bzarr, August 23, 2022, 02:50:43 AM

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I am looking for my first car. Here are my top priorities, and usage:

1. Driving: Daily personal service around a small city in Leyte, then regular weekend trip to my small farm (which is only 20km outside the city. Roads are nice, then there's a short gravel road approaching the farm. Not too rough though, so off-road capability is NOT a requirement. Occassional provincial long drive for short vacations maybe once a month.
2. Utility requirements: Since I work at the farm every weekend - substantial cargo space is useful; but my farm is small scale only (not commercial size). Only several boxes of harvest, or 1 or 2 sacks of animal feeds is what I expect to transport weekly. If I ever need to transport something bigger (like a surf board) I guess a roof-rack would suffice. (if ever the farm ops expand in the futre, I'll just get a designated utility vehicle by then)
3. My top priorities are: Fuel Economy, Reliability, Cheap and Easy Maintenance. I don't care much about the looks, fancy accessories, nor comfort. I'm all about function and frugality ---> a car that can get me from point a to b, cheaply, and consistently.
4. I will mostly drive solo, or with my partner. No kids, and no other regular passenger is expected.

So far, considering the above, + my very limited budget (Php450 to Php650K), I am looking at the following:
A. Brand New: Suzuki S-presso 1.0 Gasoline
B. Used, 2015 to 2017 model: Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDi 1.6 Turbo Diesel

Which of the two do you think suits me better? Or do you have other suggestions for me to get?

p.s. I considered early on getting used crossovers (2010 to 2014), or a Suzuki APV; since they offer more as a utility vehicle, and suits provincial driving more; however, upon discovering how much cheaper small cars are to run, I decided to opt for small vehicles.


The APV would be a better alternative if you're not locked in on a brand-new purchase.

The S-Presso would be more of a city car than something you can use for your farm.

The Accent is good if it was maintained properly during its life with its previous owner/s.


Both the Suzuki S-Presso and the Hyundai Accent Hatchback have their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Suzuki S-Presso is a compact car that is known for its fuel efficiency and affordability. The car is well-suited for daily city driving and short weekend trips, but may not have enough cargo space to meet your utility requirements. However, as a brand new car, it is likely to be more reliable and require less maintenance compared to a used car.

On the other hand, the Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDi is a diesel-powered car that is known for its fuel efficiency and reliability. The turbo diesel engine provides good power and torque, which is useful for carrying cargo and negotiating hills. However, diesel cars generally cost more to maintain compared to gasoline-powered cars.

Based on your priorities, fuel efficiency, reliability, and low maintenance, it sounds like either option could work for you. If you're willing to pay a little more for a used car, the Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDi might be a better option for you, given its diesel engine and larger cargo space. However, if you're looking for a low-cost and low-maintenance option, the Suzuki S-Presso could be a good choice.

If you have the opportunity, I would suggest test driving both cars and comparing them in terms of fuel efficiency, reliability, and maintenance costs before making a decision. You may also want to consider other similar cars in the same price range and compare them to see which one meets your needs the best.

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