Author Topic: Which car would you keep/take?  (Read 512 times)

ArcticFoxx

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Which car would you keep/take?
« on: May 24, 2019, 01:33:03 AM »
Here is the dilemma:

We currently own a 2006 model VW Golf station wagon with 120000km on the odometer (and stick!) it is a good car and suits our family's needs. We bought it new and have been planning to drive it at least another 12 years. It does have a little bit of rust on the hems but nothing serious, and sometimes needs something to be fixed bit on the other hand it is a relatively simply/easy car to fix. Not that my husband has the time to fix it himself but in theory that would be possible.

Now, we have been offered a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid for <3000 euros (the real worth is about 30000) long story. But should we take the hybrid? We have 3 kids who keep growing and this newer car does have a bit more space at the back (not sure as we haven't seen in in reality yet, just pictures). We could get the money to pay for the Mitsubishi if we sold the VW. And we could use the hybrid mostly as a fully electric car if I understand correctly because most of our daily/weekly driving is under 45km. The Mitsubishi hybrid has 45000 km on the odometer.

The anxious part of me is just worked about the durability of the hybrid technology and the cost of repairs of the newer car. Bigger tires, better insurance et cetera.

The price of gas is pretty high wher we live, about 1,65 eur/l and rising for as long as I can remember. Electricity has cost us 7,29 cents/kWh on the coldest winter month, between 6-7 cents on other months, with transfer 3,14cents/kWh and tax 2,8 cents/kWh so that makes about 12-13 c/kWh in total. We are using 100% solar energy.

Both cars apparently use roughly the same amount of gas if the hybrid is not using any electricity, or the hybrid might use a tad bit more.

This is a no-brainer, right...? We do not want to keep 2 cars, and acquiring the hybrid and selling it on is not a possibility.
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chemistk

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Re: Which car would you keep/take?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 06:00:52 AM »
Barring the obvious question (why is the newer car being offered for beans?), I would heavily lean toward the new car.

A few thoughts:

- Are you absolutely positive that this deal you're getting is real, and that there are no strings attached?
- The Outlander is going to be a much larger car. What country do you live in? It may be more of a pain to navigate around depending on where you live.
- The Golf is going to need major maintenance sooner, but overall the maintenance costs are lower for the Golf.

Hybrid technology shouldn't be doubted in this day and age. Hybrids have been around for nearly two decades now and most if not all of the bugs have been worked out. If you're confident in your ability to purchase the new car and sell your Golf, I'd go ahead and do it.

ArcticFoxx

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Re: Which car would you keep/take?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2019, 05:25:14 AM »
Thank you for the reply! We are in Finland. The size of the car is a good point, otherwise no problem but i need to park at the mall 1-2 times a week with the kids and the parking spaces there could be tight. The story of the Mitsubishi is a long one but involves an inheritance, big fight, relatives cutting each other off, lots of stuff any of them does not need or want. And probably also people feeling pity for us and our (t)rusty old sort-of-mustachian car. If we take the hybrid we need to use it for some years as they wish us to have a better car, not just a bunch of money. And we also need to tread very carefully so that we don't hurt anybodys feelings as we like all the relatives that are now not friendly with each other. But that is the case anyway, no matter whether we decide to accept the Mitsubishi.