Sunday, December 13, 2015

Good used car - Honda Civic . Brand new car - Toyota Altis (Revision 02)

Revision 02 (last paragraph): updated on December 15, 2015.

I bought my first used car in April 2012. A pearl white Honda Civic 1.8 lit with a price tag of S$44,000. I have scrapped the car earlier in November 2015 with a return value of S$11,000. My COE will be expire in February 2016 instead.

So, literally, the car cost was S$33,000 for 3.5 years of usage (after getting back the car scrap value).

My beautiful used car:

April 2012 - car mileage was 84,206 KM
November 2015 - car mileage was 117.064 KM

In this 3.5 years of car usage, the car mileage clocked total of 32,858 KM.

In average, I run the car for 9,388 KM per year.

I finally know why everyone said Honda Civic is a reliable car.

For the past 3.5 years , I only spent S$2,344 for the car maintenance. It is average S$669+ per year! I only do car standard maintenance once in a year !

The Honda Civic car engine gave me zero problem for a nearly 10th year old car, can you believe it ? Zero problem !

Out from this S$2,344 car maintenance cost, it is good to point out the following items:

(1) I spent S$500 for 4 pieces of new car tyres.

(2) I changed my car battery in October 2012 and it still run well in November 2015 ! The car battery last for 3 years and more ! It is worth to mention the car battery is AMARON (12V 45 MAH type).

Of course, you have to pay insurance and road tax every year.
Road tax for 1.8 lit car is S$978 per year.
Car insurance average is S$1,600 and it will go lower and lower. I have yet to reach the 50% no claim limit discount.
Last but not least, you also need to include the car park fees and petrol cost.
In summary, I love Honda Civic car a lot. It is truly a fun car to drive.
I have since bought a brand new Toyota Altis in November 2015 and I will share more about the experience with Toyota here. Of course , Honda Civic is better than Altis but in terms of price, of course, Altis presents a much better value car, that is the key reason I bought Altis especially the new version of Altis looks so much better than the older generation, so, why not give it a try ?
So, this blog will be a continuous blog of my car experience with Toyota Altis thereafter. :)
Updated on December 15, 2015
Toyota Altis: (mine is pearl white again)
I bought a new Toyota Altis in early November 2015 with a price tag of S$110,000 nett.
It is a 1.6 lit. pearl white elegance series. It is a free upgrade that worth S$7,000.
This also include free 1 year servicing (4 times @ 1,000 KM, 5,000 KM, 10,000 KM and 20,000 KM). It has 5 years warranty for the car engine with unlimited mileage.
It is worth to take note the road tax for 12 months is now S$594 for a 1.6 lit. car.
The COE secured is S$56,001.
Do let me know if the Altis elegance series price start to drop below S$110,000 level. That has to be in line with the COE price drop, obviously.
My new baby now:

After driving almost 900 KM with Toyota Altis, let me share some views of this car in comparison with Honda Civic.
What I like:
(1) The price is great. At least it is cheaper than Honda Civic by S$15,000. I can use the price difference for Altis maintenance cost for 10 years ! :)
(2) The car looks great. The doors look like Lexus IS250. :)
(3) Even though it is a 1.6 lit car, the power is still not bad, acceptable.
(4) The noise isolation of this Altis is superb. It is extremely quiet once you close the door. I am impressed.
(5) Extremely fuel efficient. I will share more on that.
(6) And many more small little items like key less ignition, electric adjustable seat, built in GPS, auto LED light.
What I think it can be better:
(1) The steering wheel is too light for me but I somehow get used to it.
(2) The movement of the gear box is like a toy. Oh boy, luckily I don't have to change gear often like a manual car. The movement is not shiok like Honda Civic.
(3) The car compartment design is really bad. They should just copy Honda Civic. Civic compartment in the car is super.
Toyota Altis has a scrap value of S$9,800
Honda Civic scrap value is S$10,000
Honda City scrap value is S$4,500.
I have once calculated the standard and major maintenance until 80,000 KM ( I probably only able to clock 80,000 KM in 10 years time or lesser). The maintenance cost would be S$ 1,575 for 10 years from Toyota Service Centre. That's not too bad indeed. (The cost breakdown will be shared in the next revision).

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