Buying a Mazda MPS (Speed3) Private or Dealership

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#21

All used car purchases are a bit of a crapshoot, but the premium to buy a new vehicle is so high that I think they are worth considering. I’ve purchased used vehicles from dealers, but have done so in the last three years so I can’t comment on longer term reliability. So far, the money saved has been worth some of the niceties you get with a new purchase. I’ve never purchased a vehicle from a private party, although I’ve sold a few.


#22

Pass. That description tells you the previous owner has no idea what he’s doing as far as modding a car goes. If it’s any faster than stock I’d be amazed, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s full of problems from his bungling through installing his “race” parts.

I don’t really know what car prices look like in NZ (while everyone is welcome here, most of us are from the USA), so I can’t tell you if that’s a good price or not. And since it’s being sold through a used car dealership, I can’t tell you if it’s a good car or not either - make sure you get it inspected before you buy. As for the “shadowed” wheels - that first car looks like the guy took a can of spray paint and shot paint on the wheels. Guess what! You can do that too! :wink:

KM’s can be a big deal, but low KMs don’t guarantee a good car - if the previous owner neglected routine maintenance then you could face problems even on a relatively low-KM car. The best we can tell you is to get a pre-purchase inspection from an independent, non-corporate mechanic who does not do any work for wherever you’re buying the car from, and who has good reviews/recommendations. Even after that, it’s a gamble, but any purchase is at some level a gamble.

I can tell you that the Mazda 3 (the US version of the Axela) was a really, really good car, lots of fun to drive, and reliable.


#23

Can I assume any car you plan to register in New Zealand must pass a comprehensive inspection, which includes some sort of exhaust/emissions inspection?

If so, buying a chipped car with no catalytic converter sounds like a real gamble

If the state inspector, or whatever you call them, is even half-awake, he’ll flunk your car faster than you can blink an eye


#24

The very best used cars are usually sold by the dealer they are traded in at and they are usually make by the same corporation that the dealership sells. If a guy trades in his Chevy at a Ford dealership, or visa-versa, it usually means he wasn’t happy with it. The lesser quality used cars go to auction, and there is usually a reason they went there. The best quality used cars from private parties are mostly 3-5 year old cars that someone wanted to trade on a new one but the dealer offered him too low a trade-in. We don’t see much of that in our state because it is hard to recoup the extra 8 3/4 % sales tax.