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Old Oct 29th 2017, 5:10 pm
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And never ever negotiate the price by monthly payments, always get the 'out the door price' and then start the finance calculation.

Cheeky buggers at my local dealership tried to sneak in a $800 nitro fee for some tyre insurance that I didn't ask for.
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Old Oct 30th 2017, 10:27 pm
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Don't rule out new cars on lease. 2017 models are now discounted, and at 0%. I was initially looking for a 2nd hand car (pre owned as they say here) but the price was closer to new than you'd find in the UK. We ended up with a mid-spec 2017 Corolla - hardly exciting but they seem to keep their value remarkably in this region.
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Old Nov 2nd 2017, 10:52 pm
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Originally Posted by sidjoloo View Post
We've just come over to Nova Scotia, following the family route (however long it is going to take) and staying with my mum who is dual nationality but quite ill and needs our help with general running around and household tasks.

We need to buy a car, checked out the insurance and want to get a car in cash, no finance or anything.

We've looked at the car dealers (includes inspection and warranty, but expensive, the wholesale market (cheaper but how would you get an inspection if you don't know any mechanics?) or even buying from auto trader.

Has anyone got any advice to share?
1. Get a letter from your previous insurance in UK and try and find the same company in Canada... resulted in us reducing our premium from $2.5k to $570

2. Get a letter from DVLA listing all your convictions/fines/tickets or rather lack of them. Helps too

3. I bought an older Toyota Camry with 2yrs inspection, humble money and got winter tyres (or should I now say tires?) thrown in. Guy had car parked at side of road with a sign on it. Friend advised either a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry as they are good even with high mileage. So far it has been good.

BTW.. we are NS as well...
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 1:45 pm
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.... 3. I bought an older Toyota Camry with 2yrs inspection, humble money and got winter tyres (or should I now say tires?) thrown in. Guy had car parked at side of road with a sign on it. Friend advised either a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry as they are good even with high mileage. So far it has been good. .....
That's good advice. Our 2003 Accord will pass 338,000 miles (544,000km) later today!

Most of it is still original, but we did have the engine replaced at 296,000 miles, and it is on its fourth cat; the prop shafts were replaced at around 332,000 miles. But the shocks and springs, exhaust system, steering system and gearbox are all original, .... as is the clutch!!!!

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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 2:00 pm
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Go on Kijiji Halifax and get yourself a minivan.
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 4:28 pm
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I'm not sure I know what adaptive cruise control does, is it a system that detects police cars and slows you down? I might pay for that.
It doesn't just detect police cars but civilian ones too.

It's non-discriminatory. It's fitted on my new car but I haven't used it yet.
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 4:43 pm
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It doesn't just detect police cars but civilian ones too.

It's non-discriminatory. It's fitted on my new car but I haven't used it yet.
I don't know why you would want to use that. Have you developed some sort of visual impairment?
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 4:57 pm
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I don't know why you would want to use that. Have you developed some sort of visual impairment?
I have not. As I said I haven't used it but it didn't cost any extra so there we are. It's there but switched off.

There is a range of other such frivolities such as blind spot detection alert, lane discipline assistance, front, rear and side proximity detectors, automated parking, collision avoidance and probably others.

It also has heated seats. Oh, and it's a hybrid getting about 67 mpg so far.
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 6:32 pm
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I have not. As I said I haven't used it but it didn't cost any extra so there we are. It's there but switched off.

There is a range of other such frivolities such as blind spot detection alert, lane discipline assistance, front, rear and side proximity detectors, automated parking, collision avoidance and probably others.

It also has heated seats. Oh, and it's a hybrid getting about 67 mpg so far.
Is it a convertible?
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 8:00 pm
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Don't get one that needs two parking spaces.
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 8:40 pm
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Is it a convertible?
Yes, you have a switch thingy which turns it inside out and you can sail in it.
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Old Nov 3rd 2017, 8:54 pm
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Yes, you have a switch thingy which turns it inside out and you can sail in it.
Fantastic. What an economy, not having to pay for a yacht separately!
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Yes, you have a switch thingy which turns it inside out and you can sail in it.
Is it a mini sub too? Like the Robin Reliant version?

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Yes, you have a switch thingy which turns it inside out and you can sail in it.
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