Went looking around at new cars this past week or so, at all different price points, some Mitsubishi Magna, Verada and 380 sedans at different trim levels, along with entirely different makes and models of car, and -
- decided to fix this one.
Because anything I purchase has to be better. Better paint, better tyres, better mechanics or better features, otherwise there’s no point buying another car at all. And finding another all-rounder, that is a combination of those factors, isn’t as simple as I thought.
There were cars with good exteriors, but incomplete service records or outright skipped services. Some had excellent interiors, but scuffed, scratched, faded and dented outer bodies. Some were mechanically excellent, but had worn out interiors and exterior panels.
And while there were cars better than mine, there were none that were so much better that they justified the extra upfront cost and later hassle of selling mine. That is, until we started getting into the high four, low five figures. There were some good all-rounders there, but then I’m spending more on the purchase than it would cost to resolve the issues with mine, especially considering that if I were to DIY some of the repairs, those costs would come down further.
Plus, any repair work would be fresh - new components, new trims, new paint - compared to purchasing a car with parts or paint that looks good now, but could be only 6-12 months away from starting to present issues.
So it seems as though the 380 stays, and I now have some work to do.