Not bad for €4400 – especially when you find it had one owner, full service history, and has only done 59,532 kilometres!
In the end I didn’t need to the bank to get a loan as I saved up €2000 in cold hard cash, then just borrowed the rest from my parents in law. The big benefit of this is that I can pay them back as it suits me, and without a cent in interest. The banks just can’t beat that.
I’m pretty happy with this purchase. The buying experience from AAA Auto here in Bratislava was truly awful (5 visits in 6 days, an argument, and almost walking out twice after being lied to) but the end result was good. Well, I’m exhausted from the awful experience, but at least I got a good price after many days of battling.
The car has ABS brakes, driver and passenger airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, power steering, electric mirrors, trip/mileage computer, and most importantly, AIR CONDITIONING! Although to be fair it hasn’t stopped snowing for 2 days so it’s too cold to test the air conditioning. I can only hope it works when summer comes around.
The stereo in the car is also pretty good. It has four door-mounted speakers (one speaker in each door) and tweeters by the front A-pillars. It also has steering-wheel mounted volume/channel controls which makes it easy to operate while driving. It’s a hell of a lot more comfortable, quiet, and steady on the road than my old Daewoo Matiz (which I traded in with AAA Auto for €400).
There’s only one problem with this car which I can do nothing about: The steering wheel is on the wrong side! Yeah, I’m used to driving on the other side of the car/road, and while I have adapted to driving on the right-hand-side of the road, it’ll never be as natural and comfortable as the “proper” side!
So what’s next you ask? I’m planning on installing a GPS tracker on the car soon, so that if my new car somehow gets stolen (even though it has an immobiliser) I’ll be able to track it by sending the car an SMS message. Then the tracker will immediately send me back Google Map coordinates so I can track the car and get the Slovak police after it.
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