Best second hand car (2018 Edition)

Hi, I’m looking to buy a new second hand car. Currently I’m driving a in-laws Nissan March, but due to changes in circumstances need to buy my own.

I’m looking for a medium-sized hatchback with enough room for a babysear and also with a bit of power too. I do drive to work daily and also frequently drive on the freeway so gas milage, maintenance cost and comfort are all important. Budget is around 300-350k

Currently Im looking at cars from:

  • Suzuki
  • Nissan
  • Hyundai
  • Mazda

Any recommendations for a good value second hand car? All the other threads are out of date now. Cheers!

It’s either new or second hand, you can not have it both ways.


Why aren’t there any 4WD’s in Taiwan?

If there are, where can I buy one?

If you have the time I would suggest test driving as many as possible to get a feel for what you like. Or if you are pretty convinced of something on paper then just test that to make sure you like it.

I recently had a brief spell with a Mazda 3 hatchback and thought it was pretty nice. Older model, 2006, pretty sporty and a nice size, sort of typical of that type of design.

btw, how was the nissan march? I am curious about that odd little car.

Ruten? Or search the local auto row, that was where I became aware of these:

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When he says new, he means new to him. Examples:

  1. Let’s go to a new (to me) restaurant.
  2. I want to get a new (to me) dog.
  3. This is my new (to me) house.
  4. China is my new (to me) home.

Saying you want to get a new second hand car makes sense. It is you, Belgian_Pie who is wrong.

The meaning of new depends on the circumstances. The second hand car would be ‘new’ to the OP.

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There are many 4WD’s in Taiwan, what makes you think there are not?

I haven’t seen many.


That looks all right, and made in the ROK.

For some reason I have always liked the Russian UAZ 452. I don’t no why. It’s just a queer looking ‘thing’ with those beady weird headlights.

Hyundai Accents or Elantras would be around your budget. I think they make some in Taiwan, so maintenance cost should be reasonable.

Worth speaking to Sulavaca on here ( Jamie at Autocheckers ) has cars which are reliable and pretty cheap . In Taipei . Good guy .


I second the recommendation for @sulavaca
Bought my car with them, and I’m very happy with the result. Good price, great service and they even do a +200 items check for you!

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Ditto. Bought my 2008 Mazda 3 through Jamie more than 4 years ago.

Though, he’s not very active on here anymore (I think he forgot his password). Best to contact him via FB or through the website.

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Pffttt, meet one of these babies with a binglang respray on the wrong side of the road on the 9 and you’ll know what excitement is!


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Many of them, and some are membres of 4X4 off-road clubs.

In Hsinchu you can’t swing a cat with hitting a 4x4 SUV.

Just around my neighborhood alone there are scads of Range Rovers, Lexus, Infinity, BMW, and Benz SUVs. I’ve even seen a 4x4 Ford F-150 (aluminum body so pretty new), I have no idea what must have cost the owner. There must be ten BMW X5s in my building and the one next to it, maybe more.

I am a purist so SUV’s don’t count as 4WD’s.

I am seeing some rugged looking DELICA’s around, and they make the cut.

As for the others… ‘Taipei Tanks’.

Thanks for the replies, i’ll contact Autocheckers then.

I was thinking about a Mazda3 because of the 2.0L engine, but someone posted on here that they’re usually boy-racer cars and thrashed to death by the time they;re sold.

Hyundai Elantras looks good, I’ll have to research into the prices.

btw, how was the nissan march? I am curious about that odd little car.

Fun! Closest thing you’ll get in TW to a proper mini. Never drove it on the freeway though.

You can find nice ones that haven’t been modded. Mine only had 32,000 km on it when I got it. It’s been very reliable, though they are only available here with a 4-speed automatic, but can be driven in “manual” mode. Because of this, I think they are not as boy-racer thrashed as much as say a Subaru Impreza.

Besides a proper mini, of course.

Going to sell these. Please PM me if interested.
One very wet BMW Z4 , 30,000kms, Grey metallic, Black interior, 2005

2001 Porsche 996 Turbo 40,000 kms

1986 Ferrari 328 GTS 52,000 kms

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