ud wrote:Hi irene12,
I thought you were a car expert since you have 2 avatars linking to car sales.
Hmm that's strange - A BMW or a Toyota? It's like looking at the 2 ends of the prestige spectrum
I'm not really sure if you're after a family car or what but I would personally go for a 2nd hand car bought from new from a trusted person.
Let me explain where I'm coming from.
1) Private vs Business Seller
I would personally not go for a Recon/2nd hand imported Japanese vehicle from a Business Seller. I strongly believe that what you're getting is a car which has done high mileage (although in good condition) and has had its meter fiddled with. They might look good in those showrooms, their price might be tempting but things will go wrong with them.
There are loads of Toyotas around, should not be too difficult to find a 2nd hand 1owner <2L one on the adverts e.t.c
As for BMWs, it's going to be difficult to find one under 2L. I think the 116i looks cool. Most of the saloons and series 3 (most common in Mauritius) are just over or more than 2L - well most of them apart from the odd 1.6 L.
You can have a look at Leal for BMWs, i would personally not go anywhere else (business-wise)
If you're lucky you can get a 1owner BMW but keep looking.
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE SERVICE HISTORY - proof for mileage
2) Toyota vs BMW
Toyota spare parts are more readily available and cheaper compared to the BMW ones. Well, I know I'm stating the obvious here but it's different in Germany
Lower insurance for the Toyota, not sure about the road tax.
Pricewise, again, a 2nd hand BMW will cost like 3 times the same spec Toyota Range but hey, you would still save up a drive a BMW wouldn't you?!?!
2) 3rd Party Selling
Well you need to buy a car model that you would be able to sell later. No point getting the latest BMW and end up having to ship it by boat to sell it....unless you want to lose a lot.
As for the Toyota, I'm not kidding when I say it's like the most common family/saloon car in Mauritius. There are loads of them and always a market for them. You'll always be able to sell them afterwards; the BMW not so easy.
Well that's all I can really think of at the moment.
Good luck finding your car.
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