Car recommendations in the R50-80000 bracket

lukefrom zim

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Hello everyone,

I'm a 24 year old Masters student looking to buy a cheap car for getting to work from next year after I finish my degree.

My main considerations are something with good fuel economy, cheap to insure and run (considering servicing etc.) and reliable. In an ideal world, something with a hint of ruggedness would be good too, in case I venture off tar at all. However I understand this could be asking a bit much at this price point and/or conflicts with the good fuel economy requirement.

I'd appreciate your recommendations. So far I've seen Hyundai Atos/Getz/i10, Yarises and Corsas as possible options, but obviously am open to other suggestions.
 

Matt91

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Lol an Atos on a dirt road doesn't sound like fun. Consider something like an older shape Sandero (2007-2012) with some ground clearance. It's basically a Nissan NP200 at the end of the day.
 

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Go on autotrader.co.za. You can search in your area for a car between 50k and 80k.
Look at something that the parts are cheap and the car is easy to maintain.
older kia rio / older vivo / fiesta / focus / figo
 

MightyQuin

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Hello everyone,

I'm a 24 year old Masters student looking to buy a cheap car for getting to work from next year after I finish my degree.

My main considerations are something with good fuel economy, cheap to insure and run (considering servicing etc.) and reliable. In an ideal world, something with a hint of ruggedness would be good too, in case I venture off tar at all. However I understand this could be asking a bit much at this price point and/or conflicts with the good fuel economy requirement.

I'd appreciate your recommendations. So far I've seen Hyundai Atos/Getz/i10, Yarises and Corsas as possible options, but obviously am open to other suggestions.
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lukefrom zim

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Lol an Atos on a dirt road doesn't sound like fun. Consider something like an older shape Sandero (2007-2012) with some ground clearance. It's basically a Nissan NP200 at the end of the day.
I've heard a few bad things about durability of Sanderos, but that might have been inaccurate I don't know. I guess the driving off tar is more a nice to have than an essential requirement.
 

lukefrom zim

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Go on autotrader.co.za. You can search in your area for a car between 50k and 80k.
Look at something that the parts are cheap and the car is easy to maintain.
older kia rio / older vivo / fiesta / focus / figo
Yes been having a look. I've heard to stay away from Polos cause of the insurance costs (hijacking risk). Figo seems like a good bet, have seen some people say the petrols are a bit thirsty though?
 

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CITI GOLF, like R1500 for complete service, hella cheap to maintain and run
:unsure: not muuuch of a hijack risk anymore since they stopper making them.. but parts are easy to ocme by
 

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Yaris, get the 1.3l. Nothing wrong with the Getz or any other Hyundai models in you price range.
 

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Hello everyone,

I'm a 24 year old Masters student looking to buy a cheap car for getting to work from next year after I finish my degree.

My main considerations are something with good fuel economy, cheap to insure and run (considering servicing etc.) and reliable. In an ideal world, something with a hint of ruggedness would be good too, in case I venture off tar at all. However I understand this could be asking a bit much at this price point and/or conflicts with the good fuel economy requirement.

I'd appreciate your recommendations. So far I've seen Hyundai Atos/Getz/i10, Yarises and Corsas as possible options, but obviously am open to other suggestions.
Definitely consider an older model Sandero. They have good clearance, so won't whinge about a bit of gravel or potholes. Not a 4x4, but fantastic value for money. Try go for lower mileage over age. One of the cheapest to maintain in it's bracket.

 

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I have driven two Honda's for extended periods. Firstly, parts are not that expensive, secondly, I hardly ever had to buy parts.
A dealer was my client... I saw people walk out crying after getting quotes. It's quite possibly different today. The Ballade was pop back then.
 

thechamp

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Definitely consider an older model Sandero. They have good clearance, so won't whinge about a bit of gravel or potholes. Not a 4x4, but fantastic value for money. Try go for lower mileage over age. One of the cheapest to maintain in it's bracket.
Interior trim falls off with every bump on the road, it's a truly terrible car I would never wish it on anyone, have you seen how they age?
 
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