Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How I purchased my first car in Canada.

After request of some of the readers I have decided to write in more details how I managed purchasing the car. So, the story was as following...:
After living a week without a car in Edmonton I understood that a car is not sign of wellness here. It is necessity of living in Edmonton. In Baku I used to visit food stores right in front of the home. So, if I had no car in Baku it did not affect my basic life needs at all. However, in Edmonton where distance between two point are in kilometers it does. I was really suffering when visited nearest superstore at -10 degree in C. I had a limited budget and I was advised by "local guys" not to look at sedans, american cars and two wheel drive cars. So, pool of search was Japan made SUVs. Of course Toyota was the leader in the market. However, their prices are not less than CAD 14,000. The next best options were Honda and Nissan. Again prices were above my budget. I spent almost three week for search. The first suitable option was Nissan Murano of 2003. It's price was CAD 8,900 firm. Rovshan assisted me in my searches. We looked at the car evening when it was dark. The car had some minor problems like, crack on the windshield, front sit lift was not working  and so on. However, for the price it was the best car. It was cheaper from the market for CAD 1,500. I liked the car and was ready to purchase it. However, Rovshan insisted to look at it during a daylight. So, we agreed to visit it again next morning. So, what you think we discovered when we looked upper of the car??? Yeah, oil liquidity... It was not good sign and I understood why it was so cheap... The owner said that the liquidity started two month ago and he is adding new oil periodically. Therefore, I have rejected this car and started my searches again. The next best car was Toyota Highlander of 2001 for 9000. I was suffering without car and it was not easy to find location of this car on grounds. In Google Maps everything was OK. However, not in reality. After an hour walking I was successful to find the car. Looked around, drove and liked it. As I was alone without Rovshan, I agreed with the owner to look at it next afternoon. I left the car with the hope in my heart. However, when I arrived to the bus stop I got a message from the owner that the car was sold to others... It was like end of the world for me. Cold long distances were unusual for me. I started thinking that I will never find a car. And at that time was very close to depression. Thanks to my spouse for supporting me and with her help I started the searches again.

At home I have decided to visit used car dealerships in order to find something. Started from the dealership which was close to my location. There I said that I have a budget of CAD 8,000 and looking for a car or SUV made in Japan with the mileage less than 150,000 km. They were not able to offer me anything. However, one of the sales persons passed me phone number of his brother who works in other location of the same dealership. We agree with him to meet next morning at 9:00 am. Additionally, at home I found a Nissan Xterra of 2002 with the mileage of 158,000 km for CAD 8,500. Called the owner and agreed to look at the car at 11:00.  So, next morning at 9 I was at the dealership. They offered me Toyota Corolla of 2004. I drove it. It was a good car, but when I was looking around of it I noticed that it was in an accident. The next option was Nissan Versa of 2007. Oleeee, my lovely Tiida called Versa here. The price was unknown as it was a just arrived. I was asked to drive it and then we can talk on the price. The car was good and I liked it as it was a Tiida. However, when we were back at the office I was told that the price of this car is CAD 9,700. It was not within my budget so, I rejected it. Afterwards they told me that they have another option for me Toyota Matrix of 2004. But it is under technical check for now and it will be available after two days, for now they can give me the Versa to drive until they get the Toyota. So, it was the best option for me. I had no local driving license, however, photocopy of the valid Azerbaijani driving license was available. I took the car and visited the Xterra as agreed. I was late for half an hour. I drove the car, looked around and liked it. It has some minor problems, like crack of the windshield (looks like it is usual for all Alberta cars), some minor rust and that's all. It has new winter tires. The owner said that in case of purchase they can fix all of the problems. I talked to Rovshan and agreed to bargain with the owner. I offered for the "as is" CAD 7,000. And what was the reaction??? They agreed!!! However, I asked them to visit Rovshan as he is more experienced in cars. They said OK, however, the next potential buyer should come withing couple of the minutes. So, they must wait for them as they are on the way. I parked my car nearby and was waiting in it. The new buyers were a couple with Arabian origins. They looked at the car and started discussions. Then a lady who was an owner of the car came to me and informed me that this couple are ready to pay for the car CAD 7,200 and pick it up now... I was in shock!!! I disagreed with them and said that we have already agreed and I am ready to buy it now, too. I have also invited her spouse for the discussion. I said that I am suffering without car with two kids and I need this car very urgently!!! They looked at me and asked a minute for decision. Returned their home. After a minute the spouse of the owner was back saying that they are going to sell the car to me for 7,000. So, I did it!!!. My new car is black Nissan Xterra of 2002. Thanks to the owners of the car. They also agreed to drive to my garage.

As regards the Tiida, I have returned it to the dealership after two days. The Toyota they were offering we was in an accident, too. So, it was a good reason to reject it. However, I wanna thank them for their assistance and the car they have provided me. GREAT THANKS GUYS!!!

P.S. Great thanks to Rovshan for his assistance in my searches.


  1. Congratulations Kuzmich! Finally, your search is over. The rugged Xterra fits your needs with its great ground clearance and sporty look. Just a friendly advice: To keep your engine running longer, change engine oil at recommended intervals. Also, change the transmission fluid regularly, but make sure to use the right type for your car. So, how is it now? I bet it’s pretty easy for you to roam around Edmonton with this awesome ride. -Ava Harness

    1. Hi Ava,
      The Xterra was awesome. I used to call it tank))) However I sold it last fall. Now driving Toyota Venza, which more suitable for my family needs. Moreover I moved to Calgary. You can read about my new car here It was fun purchasing new car.
      Thanks, take care!

    2. First of all, this first car of yours is certainly a TANK! It looks mighty and powerful! I'll certainly be looking at your second car. I heard that the Toyota Venza has decent drivetrain capabilities. Plus, its infotainment system is a cutting edge!
      Yours truly,
      ~ Arlyne Nelms ~

    3. Actually you are right it was my first TANK. As regards Toyota Venza it is amazing car. Its AWD feel better that 4WD of Xterra ob ice! Moreover it provides comfort of sedan as well.