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  1. Hi all. I need your recommendations of any car that fits these criteria, ordered by priority: (Budget 3-3.5 Million) Reliability. (I plan to own the car for 5 years and then sell. I would like to loose as little money as possible through this process) Safety. I want to come out with good prospects in a fatal crash, so airbags, etc... This is why I tend to shy away from Indian offerings but I'm not sure if I can get a safe Indian car in my budget. That's pretty much it. I want to be safe and have a decent true cost of ownership. I would like your advice on something like a 5 year old Toyota aqua vs a 15 year old Toyota allion, vs an Indian made car, vs what you would personally go for. If I can afford the influence of preference, I would like a larger sedan. But I really don't mind. I don't have a family, and just want something that makes the most sense for my money. Thanks so much.
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    Wisdom of buying a 1980s Mazda 323 Famillia for 400k?

    Thanks so much all for your helpful answers. IRage, thanks for the welcome. You mention common cars. Do you have any that come to mind as likely to be reliable and have readily available parts? Currently on market I see some 323s, a 82 corolla SE, Nissan B11s (which I hear spares are hard to find for) and plenty of 80-85 lancers. I also see some diesel vans, but hear one should stay away from diesel if on a budget. I'll be having a look at a 323 in a couple days. Relatedly, if I am to save some cash for repair costs from the get go, I'd need to lease the vehicle. Does anyone have a recommendation? CDB would be my go to. Thanks again.
  3. Hi all I know trying to buy a very old used car is asking for trouble unless I know what I'm doing, but should I even consider buying something like a 1985 mazda 323 or lancer for under 500,000? (Yes, that is all I can afford) If it runs without a problem and doesn't require major repairs, I'd call it a good deal, but should I expect to find a decent car for that amount? I don't have any experience inspecting a car for purchase, and have never owed a car before. (I have aging parents and it would be great if I had a way of taking them places, which is why I'm even considering a car). If I can expect not to end up ripped off and with a lemon, do you know of any good places that will have a mechanic for hire to accompany me to have a look at a car? Thanks and I'm sorry if this type of question has been raised before.
  4. Thanks a lot. That's great that you might be able to tell by the license plate, and I will try looking in the registration. If someone knows the exact law, it would be useful to know. Thanks very much.
  5. Hi and please excuse me if someone has asked this before, or if I'm posting in the wrong place. I have a light vehicle license and want to know if I may legally drive 12-15 seater vans with it, like the Toyota Hiace. Does the law say maximum nine seats for a light vehicle, or nine passengers which would mean it'd be allowed as long as there are empty seats! Thank you guys!