It’s been over two months since we took delivery of our Santa Fe Highlander and, far from wearing off, the new car buzz has been getting stronger every day.
Thanks to Michael and the rest of the team at your brokerage we saved more than $5500 on the next best price any dealer was prepared to offer. Yes, that’s right, five and half thousand dollars. A month later a friend to whom we recommended your service saved even more on a new Kia Sorrento: in his case one dealer flatly refused to believe the price was genuine, while another said there was no way they could ever match that price, and he shouldn’t bother going to anyone other than your broker. Hyundai Santa Fe buyer's guide >>
The funny thing is, if it wasn’t for you, neither of us would’ve even considered the Hyundai/Kia option. With three sociable kids always ready to invite friends along to wherever we’re going I knew that when our Subaru, which was made at sake (or whatever it is Japanese car makers drink when they want to get even with Australians who make jokes about their weird-shit advertisements and porn) o’clock – died it was time to put all driving enjoyment on hold and get a seven seater. Or (God – the humanity!) a people mover. A couple of years back another friend bought a Volvo XC90 which distinguished itself by blowing the transmission one month out of warranty, so that was never going to be an option. (He had to remortgage his house to pay for the repair.) So what? Sell the kids' kidneys and send the wife out pole-dancing to buy an Audi/BMW? Go the tank option and get a LandCruiser/Patrol? (Good luck getting the woman of my dreams to try parking that in Hornsby Westfield.) A Kluger – 2000 technology at 2020 prices? The Mazda CX9 looked the best bet, driving it still reminded me of a Honda Odyssey we once rented. In New Zealand, where a Maori insisted it was almost as fine a drive as his Zephyr MarkIII. And the fuel consumption reminded me of the guy who bought a yacht with the money I spent putting braces on my daughter’s teeth and told me I was getting a bargain. Hardcore SUV -Vs- Soft SUV >>
So after reading your reviews I looked at the Koreans. The first thing to hit me about driving the Santa Fe was that it was actually fun. Sure it’s big, and never going to give MX-5 kicks, or a straight-line V8 hard-on. But those cars won’t carry 6 kids, a dog, and surfboards. Nor do they come with massive warranties and years of free servicing. Or make my wife look at me like I’m some kind of über-responsible silver fox, while I convince myself I’m 19 and ready to roll all night by throwing the AWD around corners on the way to collect from Ikea whatever it is I’m expected to spend another weekend assembling. Should you buy a Santa Fe? >>
Meanwhile the auto reverse parking has already let me raise both middle fingers (while parking) to some idiot in a builder’s ute who was yelling “you’ll never bloody fit in there, mate;” the smart cruise control takes the edge off Friday night slogs up the Pacific highway, and the low-down diesel power still let’s me show my 8 year old son (as long as he doesn’t tell his mother) how real cars are meant to accelerate. All while being cheaper to run than the Subaru. Key competitor: Kia Sorento >>
Sure it doesn’t have a brand name which makes the North Shore tennis mums suddenly find me interesting. My crazy Ford-fanatic mate still thinks the Territory “has more respect.” The guy at the kids school who knows everything and bought an MU-X “because nothing’s tougher off-road” (but who admits that despite this being his third 4x4 he’s never actually driven off road) says he can pull a heavier caravan than me. Which is great, but like him I don’t have a caravan and probably never will. I’ve owned "prestige" labels in the past and (like my mate with the XC90) found how empty the claims of quality really are. It’s purely from experience that I say give me Hyundai reliability and after-sales service over Mercedes any day. And that's without mentioning the truly stupid affair I had with Alfa Romeo when young and gullible. What's the best 7-seater SUV? >>
But all this is secondary. The simple fact is that thanks to you a couple of mates and their families have saved over 11 grand this year buying cars they really enjoy driving. That’s a hell of a lot of extra beer and turkey this Christmas. You’re a legend.
Thank you – have a great Chrissie and a wonderful New Year. All power to AutoExpert for 2017 – my prediction is your site is going to grow massively in hits and reputation.
You’d better believe I’ll be telling everyone I meet about it.