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Choosing a car

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Portugal.
Subforums: Property for Sale/Rent, 2nd Hand Items for Sale/Wanted

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Choosing a car

Post Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:20 am

We need to purchase a car in the next few months and a few useful tips would be much appreciated.

We were looking to buy a Honda CV-5 but have been warned these are very expensive to run...anyone any experience of these cars?

Many thanks

 

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Re: Choosing a car

Post Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:38 pm

Hi , we'll be moving to PT in the next 8 weeks or so , and we'll be looking to buy a car as soon as possible once we het there( don't want to be hiring one for too long).
I'd also appreciate the same info that Piglets's after - and also if anyone can recommend a decent hire company in the Porto/Aviero/Coimbra area. We're looking to collect from Porto airport , but be flexible as to return location.

Thanks,
Pete

 

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Re: Choosing a car

Post Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:47 pm

Hi Piglet ,
How are you? Are you changing your car in PT , or have you been renting one while you've been there?

Hope all is well with you , speak soon.

Take care,
Pete

 

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Re: Choosing a car

Post Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:40 pm

Hi Pete

We are still stuck in th UK at the moment. It has been dragging on for over a year now...but hopefully we will be out there finalising things for completion of the villa in Sept. You know how it works...its slow slow slow, stop then all panic at the last minute.

one of the final pieces of the "challenge" is the car...so just using this time of forced inactivity to do some research as to the best car and most economical car:))
Safety rating plays a big part as well..but dont want to buy a 4x4 if its going to cost an arm and a leg to run. Decisions Decisions !!

 

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Re: Choosing a car

Post Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:56 pm

Hi Piglet,
Frustrating isn't it when you just want to get on with it? Is your villa a new build or a renovation?

At least while one is hanging around , there's plenty to research to make the final move easier. Someone told me that she pays about Euros 30 per year road tax on a Renault Clio , if that gives you any idea , but I don't know what it would be on a bigger vehicle , or what bands there are for it.

We're likewise looking for something smallish & economical , and have looked on sapo for used cars. It has quite a lot on it , with links to the dealers' own websites. Most of them are pretty high mileage , a friend of mine in Tabua has told me that they're most likely ex-rental. She also told me that the used-car is a relatively recent development ( shes been there about 7 yrs ). However , there does seem to be good variety of cars available.

Hope this helps!

Bye,
Pete

 

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