Everyone wants to own the hottest ride in the neighborhood, but it may not be the most practical choice for first-time drivers who are more likely than not going to experience bumping into posts and getting the parking wrong a couple of times. But with low and no down payment for brand new cars being offered in the country right now, you would want to consider getting a new vehicle.
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Car sales in the Philippines decreased by 68% in the second quarter of this year. Nissan Philippines sold 1,191 units, Toyota with 9,952 units, Suzuki with 1,793 units and Mitsubishi with 2,898 units according to a report by ABS-CBN. These prompted manufacturers and dealers to give the best offers – from zero down payment, to Php1,000 to a free hatchback for every SUV purchase, the good deal is just irresistible.
Taking advantage of the dealership promos can be a good idea. But which car should be right to first-time drivers like you? Here are the options.
Php 665,000 for 1.4 LX MT
Php 710,000 for 1.4 LX AT
The Kia Soluto features driving efficiency with its Kappa dual-CVVT highly efficient 95-Ps gasoline engine. Its safety features include an ant-theft technology that prevents the vehicle from unauthorized driving, a rear view monitor with parking guidance, an anti-lock brake system and front airbag. The engine has a capacity to produce up to 132 Nm of torque allowing for a powerful speed with great fuel economy. The Soluto is also perfect for iOS users as its 7-inch touch screen display audio features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Reina is a perfect ride for a family of five as it offers enough legroom with its 1570 wheelbase. It may lack a few modern-day features but for a down payment starting from Php3,000 and a monthly instalment of around Php16,000, you might want to consider driving this queen.
Php 790,000 for 1.3 XLE MT
Php 840,000 for 1.3 XLE CVT
Toyota Vios is lauded for its durability and dependability. It offers a sleeker exterior and modern design. Its power and fuel efficiency is brought about bu its dual VVT-I engine and 7-speed sequential transmission. The well-bolstered seats, seven airbags, anti-lock brake system and a five-star NCAP rating make it one of the best-selling sedans in the country today.
Get the Vios for Php80,000 down payment and Php15,000 monthly instalment and enjoy its hill start assist, child seat anchor and steadier steering that boost safer driving.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Php 735,000 for Mirage G4 GLX M/T
Php 785,000 for Mirage G4 GLX CVT
Mitsubishi launched a sedan with an combination of 1.2 liters doc 12-valve Mitsubishi Innovative Val-timing Electronic Control System (MIVEC) engine. It is perfe t for everyday use offering a comfortable and safe driving experience with its lightweight and aerodynamic body. It has a multimedia entertainment system and automatic climate control system that’s compatible with mp3-iPod suited in a 6.75 inch touchscreen. Experience affordable driving with Mitsubishi Mirage G4 with a monthly instalment starting from Php15,000.
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Php 549,900 for Dzire GA 1.2L M/T
Php 638,000 for Dzire GL 1.2L M/T
Php 698,000 for Dzire GL+ Auto Gear Shift (AGS)
Suzuki Dzire features an aggressive bumper on the exterior making it a stylish ride. Its compact cabin also allows for more legroom. Adding to the Dzire’s sleek character is its new-generation platform called heartect, that enhances the vehicle performance. The Dzire may offer a lot of hard plastic surfaces from the inside but decent spaces and features make you consider it as your first car.
If you’re a minimalist looking for a practical ally on the road, then get it for a down payment of Php48,000 and a monthly installment of Php14,000 for 60 months.
These are just a few of the many affordable options you can have when considering to buy your first car. Setting the budget is actually the first thing every first-time driver should accomplish. Decide whether you really want a sedan or an entry-level hatchback? Are you up to buying brand new or a second-har car will do the job? Then list down what you need including gas mileage, legroom, and safety features. As with any other car purchase, it’s pertinent to get an accompanying insurance policy to protect you and your vehicle along the bumpy road ahead.