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  1. There's no denying that cars are expensive in Singapore - you'll often find Singapore atop lists on the most expensive places to own a car in the world. So, when it comes to buying a car, price is a key factor. There's no doubt that everyone loves a bargain. Being able to save even a small amount can go a long way to making you feel a little bit better about your purchase. However, when it comes to buying a car, there's a lot more that goes into the decision than simply a race to the bottom, price-wise. Cheaper isn't necessarily better. Beyond the price tag, here are four additional things that you should consider when buying a car. 1. Complimentary warranty with the option of purchasing extended warranty Buying from an Authorised Dealer (AD) is generally more expensive, but included in that higher price tag is a warranty package, usually anywhere between five to seven years, and that usually also includes a servicing package. Having that warranty is important - while no one plans for something serious to go wrong with their car, you definitely want to be comprehensively covered should an unfortunate situation arise. Knowing that you can return to the AD who has the necessary expertise and genuine parts, provides you a complete peace of mind. All Porsche cars come with a complimentary maintenance and servicing package that includes regular wear and tear. Additionally, all cars come with a comprehensive five year warranty, with the option of picking up an extended warranty of up to 15 years, only available at Porsche Centre Singapore. 2. Highly trained sales and after sales professionals When it comes to servicing your vehicle, quality comes at a price. Yes, you can find the cheapest option, but you're certainly comprising on quality. Proper maintenance of your car is important for safety, as well as ensuring the long-term longevity and reliability of the car, delivering driving pleasure for years to come. With an AD, you can be sure of highly qualified technicians that have the most modern and up-to-date equipment and software updates necessary for dealing with modern, high-tech cars. Porsche Centre Singapore has one of the first electric-ready workshops in Southeast Asia, with dedicated high-voltage certified technicians, specifically to handle the all-electric Porsche Taycan. All the technicians are also regularly recertified and trained to maintain vehicles in accordance to global quality and safety standards. And, when it comes to a high-performance vehicle like a Porsche, you want to be able to get the best out of the experience. With intensive training to be qualified to service customers and deliver a top-notch purchase experience, the Porsche Sales Consultants are capable of guiding you on how to best use your vehicle. 3. Exclusive benefits and experiences When buying a car, especially with a premium brand, you are also buying into a set of exclusive experiences and a particular lifestyle. Beyond just the car, you also gain access to unique experiences and opportunities you wouldn't be able to attain elsewhere. These experiences can range from exclusive invites to various events and drives, as well as exclusive benefits from the brand and its partners. 4. Higher resale value When you decide it's time to move on to your next car, having a vehicle with a comprehensive dealer-certified service history, backed by the trusted reputation of the brand, will undoubtedly raise its resale value. With a highly detailed servicing history, as well as the assurance of genuine replacement parts used, any potential buyer will have no doubts as to the integrity and reliability of your vehicle. And of course, you also have the option of upgrading to a newer model and trading in your current vehicle with the AD.
  2. Sometimes, size does matter. When it comes to a new car showroom (or any kind of shop), size is undoubtedly important - more space means more choices for the customer. At over 100,000 sqft, the brand new Cars & Coffee Singapore Megastore is the largest new car showroom in Singapore, and it is truly larger than life. Occupying half of the sixth floor of the Carros Centre, the new Cars & Coffee Megastore is one stop location for all your car buying needs. Here are five things that make the new Cars & Coffee Singapore Megastore a one-of-a-kind shopping experience: 1. Largest car collection With over 1,000 cars on display, this is the largest new car showroom in Singapore. The extensive collection ranges from entry-models from brands like Honda, Toyota and Suzuki to high-end luxury cars from the likes of Bentley and Porsche. Unsure about what you want? With plenty of options for different price points and customer needs, you won’t be needing to hop from one showroom to the next. Here, you get everything under one roof. 2. Staple choices At the Cars & Coffee Megastore, you will find plenty of staple choices, including the new Honda Fit or the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, as well as new choices such as the Toyota Raize or the new Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class. And, more importantly, the cars here are all ready to go – these VAC Ready Stock cars mean that all that is required is a COE, and you can immediately take delivery of your new car and start driving. 3. Rare finds Are you looking for something a little more out of the ordinary? You might just find it here. You will find models like the new Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Class on display. And, if there’s something you have in mind that you don’t see, Cars & Coffee has the capability to bring it in for you. 4. Golf carts No, Cars & Coffee are not selling golf carts to customers. However, there are golf carts on site to ferry customer around. Why? Well, considering the showroom spans more than 100,000 sqft, getting around on foot can become tiring. To provide customers the best experience, and to facilitate quick viewing of the cars available, two golf carts have been procured to ferry customers around. 5. Customer service At the Cars & Coffee Megastore, you’ll also find a spacious and luxuriously appointed lounge area that you can relax in. Here, you can snack on pastries and drink specially brewed coffee, while the highly-professional sales people walk you through the different car buying options available to you. 6. Personalisation options In the customer lounge, you will also find a huge array of car-related add-ons, such as accessories and upgrades like media players and rims, to cosmetic accessories and solar film. Also, you will find plenty of personalisation options to craft the car of your dreams. With a wide range of exterior paint colours, as well as different interior leather options with different grades of leather and a huge array of colours, there is no doubt that you will find a combination for even the most eclectic palette. The brand new Cars & Coffee Singapore Megastore is now open, and is located at 60 Jln Lam Huat, Level 6, Carros Centre Singapore (737869). It is open from 10:30am to 7:00pm daily. To get in touch, you can contact Cars & Coffee Singapore at 6397 4080, or make an online enquiry or appointment here.
  3. Hi Guys, What rituals you have for collecting new car? e.g. some people roll a pineapple for new home.
  4. Hi Guys, What are the things to look for when collecting new car? What are your practices? Do you have a checklist? What are the things you pay particular attention to? And lastly what's the mileage expected on your brand new car upon collection?
  5. Hi, I need a simple car for 6mths to 1 yr. Should I get a new or old one? Was searching sgcarmart and the available used cars between 8 to 9+ years cars have depreciation values of around $7000+ to $8000. But newer used cars 5-6yrs are only $6000+. And new cars like Perodua or Attrage also not much difference. Seems like not worth to get a 8 to 9+ years cars, may have other problems too. Good thing is use and scrap. So should I just get new car? And sell after half to one year? Wonder if the loan penalty will be high, or price will depreciate alot ... Thanks!
  6. When I stated working donkey years ago, I was advised to avoid certain taboos: - don't dress better than my boss at a public event; - don't drive a bigger car than my boss (not that I have the money anyway). I'm working in an MNC. Does it matter now if I am to drive a bigger (more ex) car than my boss? Or this type of things only matter in SME or public service, or this is an outdated view that no longer applies? Would you do it if you have the money? Your views, please.
  7. First time car buyer here. Planning to sign for my first car soon. Will be buying a new car at an AD. Any brothers/sisters here can advice on what to take note of when signing for the car?
  8. Its February. 2nd month of the year. So many things happened. not going to talk abt virus so many threads already. Just wondering since this is a car forum, good year to change car? Does the uncertainty that lies ahead affects your car buying decision, PM Lee warns of impending recession, even risk of losing job in the event of the current global situation worsenin.. are we on a wait and see wad happens next attitude? do we see coe dropping? Wads the take for forum members here?
  9. Chromas

    New Car Checklist

    For the benefit of those who are about to collect their new cars, I'm posting up generic new car checklist. Some of the items may not apply to you if your car doesn't come with the feature. This is sure to make those SE's accompanying the new owners to have a real hard time New_Car_Checklist.doc New_Car_Checklist.pdf
  10. Hi all Would like to check on something. While i understand that if the coe is not obtained, there would be a delay in getting the car. However, if the downpayment has been made and that the COE has been obtained, why does the AD now tell me that they have no stock on hand to deliver based on the agreed timeline of delivery? Wondering if anyone has experienced this and to what effect can this be resolved? thanks!!
  11. So now, you have put your precious money into buying that dream car and the day that it arrives in Singapore has come! It lands in our port, someone picks it up and it gets transported to our showrooms for collection. Have you ever wondered about the fuel that goes into the car? Does it come empty? How much fuel goes into it? What kind of fuel goes into it? Well here is the story of two companies who choose a quaint little station in the West Coast to top up the fuel for their new arrivals. Both Honda and Toyota use a small Shell station down South, close to the Pasir Panjang MRT, and everyday, rain or shine, more than a dozen car transporters stop here to fill up the cars they carry. If you do the maths, that’s about a ten cars or so per transporter and more than 100 cars each day! It also gives you an idea of the sales volume of these bigger car companies. The station has a total of eight pumps, and the two outermost pair are equipped with extra long hoses, which allow the driver to reach the second deck of his transporter truck, without having to move the long truck. And yes it’s usually the driver who does the job, rather than the regular fuel attendants, but they do help out sometimes. It typically takes the driver around half an hour or more to refuel all the cars in one load. So you get a full tank? Sadly no, they will give you 50 bucks worth of the golden liquid, and it’s Ron 95 for these cars. Diesel cars obviously get a different oil, but it’s still the same amount. Given current petrol prices, you will get around a quarter tank, depending on how large the fuel tank is. Other car companies have tie ups with other stations, but the more premium marques may give you a full tank if you get their more expensive cars, but most car dealers only give you around a quarter tank. Enough for you to run about for a while, but with fuel prices so high, I guess unless you are a top valued customer, a quarter tank will have to do. Cars requiring a higher Ron do get a different grade of fuel, but whether that makes a difference is left to another story to answer…. Who says Toyotas aren't selling well?
  12. This is really trivial. Have been puzzled by this mismatch in year of production record in logcard and label in the car. The B180 was registered in Dec/2015, but the metal plate label at the driver door indicated MY2016. Logcard record is put at 2015. I know must follow the detail in the logcard, just curious why it was put as MY2016 in the car. Any one knows why the discrepancy? Hope I am not wasting bandwidth here haha.
  13. Hi All, I just got my 1 Week old Honda Civic WHITE. Planning to go for PPS CF-II By UNIQUE1995.com Any recommendations? Should i do it? As after reading some posts here, some commented that doing PPS will leave Swirl Marks etc. Hope you can advice :) Thanks!
  14. Would like to seek the opinion and advise from knowledgeable expert here. Planning to get new car from a AD. The SE offered me a good deal but on the condition that I will have to take up a private car loan from Hitachi at interest of 2.78% rather than the in house loan of 2.5% interest from UOB. The SE promise that he will compensate the 0.28% of extra interest that I have to pay in term of cheque. With that it seems like I'm not losing out from anything since the extra interest from Hitachi will be compensated back to me. Am I missing out on anything? Is there something I have to look out for? Are there any risk in doing so? Would appreciate is people can provide some feedbacks and advice. Thanks!
  15. Man pays for half of $84,000 car with cryptocurrency ethereum In a first-of-its kind transaction in Singapore yesterday, business development manager David Lau used cryptocurrency to pay for half of the cost of a new car. The 27-year-old bought a Honda Vezel for $84,000, using $10,000 worth of ethereum - a cryptocurrency he has been investing in for about two years - to pay the deposit for the crossover car. He will be paying another $32,000 worth of ethereum in the next three weeks, and financing the remaining $42,000 with a bank loan. Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that operates independently of a central bank. Its value is determined largely by speculation-driven demand, making it volatile and unpredictable. Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Mr Lau said he has about $50,000 worth of cryptocurrency. He started with $500 in 2017, and invested more over time. "I was riding on the hype and saw it grow," he said. "I'm buying this car for my father, and it's a good way to let go of these assets." Mr Lau bought the car from MHG Cars, a dealership that started operations on Dec 18. Company director Lydia Ang, 35, said it is the only dealership in Singapore to accept cryptocurrency payments. She said: "It might be a niche market now, but I believe this is going to be a major thing in the future." Ms Ang added that using cryptocurrency cuts down on transaction fees. Credit card transaction fees are about 3 per cent, while the transaction fee for cryptocurrency is about 1 per cent. She said: "This lowers the cost for us and provides customers more options for payment." MHG Cars has partnered with Bizkey, a blockchain-based payment solution that acts as a middle-man, collecting cryptocurrency from consumers and dispensing cash to partners. Bizkey, which has interests in countries including China, trades in cryptocurrency. While Mr Lau's use of cryptocurrency in the transaction with MHG Cars is currently not regulated by the authorities, the proposed Payment Services Bill, which is expected to be mentioned again in Parliament this year, could lead to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) imposing requirements on intermediaries that buy, sell or exchange payment-type digital tokens for other payment tokens or fiat currency, and vice versa. MAS has previously issued several advisories on cryptocurrency, including a joint advisory with the Commercial Affairs Department, warning the public to act with extreme caution when engaging in such transactions. The authority said cryptocurrencies are "very high risk" investments that can cause investors to lose all their capital. Mr Chia Hock Lai, chairman of the Token Economy Association and president of the Singapore Fintech Association, said he was surprised to hear about Mr Lau's purchase. "Transactions using cryptocurrency outside of investment are not common here, especially for such large amounts," he said. "It's sometimes used for purchases at cafes or eateries, but even then it's uncommon in Singapore." There are less than a hundred merchants here who accept cryptocurrency as payment. Mr Chia added that the volatility risk has to be taken into account when consumers and merchants use cryptocurrency. He said: "I think such transactions are more of a one-off event and I don't expect it to become something commonplace." For Mr Lau, buying the car was a matter of cashing out. He said he wanted to use his ethereum due to the state of the cryptocurrency market now. "It's currently not so bullish, so I want to put my money into other investments," he said. https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/man-pays-half-84000-car-cryptocurrency
  16. Hi everyone, I put a $3K initial deposit for a new Honda car but had to cancel the order due to some personal reason. Kah Motors not willing to refund my deposit but they willing to transfer my deposit to another buyer as a special case. Rather than forfeit all the $3K, I'm willing to discount $500 off the deposit to anyone interested to buy a new Honda. Everything will be done legally at Kah Motors so this is a legit deal. If anyone is interested or know of relatives or friends who are interested, please contact me at 98077700. Thanks.
  17. Starting the ball rolling since car show is around the corner, lets discuss and compare good deals (if any at all? ) or special offers. Will you buy new car at car show ? Considering the resilience COE price now , do you think there will really be good offer ? What will be considered as a good offer? $2k cheaper than current sales price?
  18. With requests from Public for new car owners, DM currently offer a Warranty Free Hop over program for your new car. If you are not please with what your present workshop servicing standard, you might wanna join us for a Free warranty coverage program. All you have to do is to join us for your future servicing. Your hop over will only be approved after a call access check. Warranty booklet will be issued to you right after the check. Our Warranty hop over program is currently hot in demand due to our Servicing standards and quality customer service. Dont miss it. Hotline to call : 63416164
  19. A detail breakdown of the cost/taxes of a new car including the dealer's profit margin The table is pretty much self-explanatory. This explains the high cost of new car despite the fall in COE prices! https://www.onemotoring.com.sg/content/onemotoring/en/lta_information_guidelines/buy_a_new_vehicle/car_cost.html Car_Cost_Update.pdf
  20. Just curious, would you buy a car if the dealer doesn’t allow a test drive until you’ve signed on the dotted line? This is especially so for used cars. Sounds ridiculous
  21. Hummer

    New car smell product

    Anyone used any "new car smell" products before? Came across this Chemical Guys New Car Smell spray. Is it any good? https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-AIR-101-16-Freshener-Eliminator/dp/B002J7VX4Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502204539&sr=8-2&keywords=chemical+guys+new+car+smell PS: I am not affliated to the product
  22. I am heading to show room to for a MPV, Odyssey or Estima are my targets. Please could you let me how much I can bargain based on the listed price? how about 5k?
  23. Hi, what are the things to do before getting you new car, 1st time owner here, please share your tips..thanks Like .... can go HDB buy season parking after IU and plate number is known? buy coupon? getting to know the road (any tips?) During collection of new car, what to look out for? What sort of documents the SE will give me?
  24. Anyone knows where is this nice location? Very impressive housing estate. Must cost a lot...only can dream. http://www.sgcarmart.com/news/gallery.php?AID=991&CUR=1&TYPE=reviews#photo
  25. Nlatio

    Citibank Loan

    Like to check.... the One Motoring website show the citi bank loan at better interest.... but the thing is,we need to take loan from most if not all AD and PI own finane company.... so it's like let us see for fun only????