Calculated - wept …


Is it possible in five years to "use up" a car almost

without a trace? Easy! And the more you pay for it, the more you lose …

Anton Utkin

In February, we parted with two editorial cars - KIA-Capital and Nissan Terrano. Both foreign cars after a short search for buyers were sold at real market prices, summing up a disappointing result: the pleasure of driving in comfort cost us fabulously expensive. But first things first.

The brand new Capital 1993 was acquired at the end of 1994, paying about $ 14, 000 to a car dealership. At that time, Korean cars were a curiosity, and indeed new cars for the nascent “middle class” were not common. Of course, we understood that buying such an exotic car at the price of two new “nine” is a pure gamble (to whom will you sell it later?), But curiosity prevailed: who, if not us, should study the features of the operation of “Koreans” in Russia?

As it seemed to us then, the choice of model and modification was made very precisely: a foreign car for a slightly wealthy Russian seemed outwardly attractive, roomy enough, but at the same time in the simplest configuration, so that the gap in price from domestic cars was minimal. Our KIA-Capital answered the image almost perfectly. Firstly, the sedan beloved by the people, and secondly, it is much more spacious than the Zhiguli, because it is made on the basis of the Mazda-626, that is, cars of a higher D-class. Thirdly - with a carburetor engine, which means that theoretically does not need car service, and fourthly, “naked as a knee” - not a single option, even a tachometer and a clock. The motor is out of class small - only 1.5 liters. And finally, the practical white body color (unlike all the “metallic” ones there) will allow hastily tinting “Capital” with aerosol enamel for refrigerators from the nearest household.

Subsequently, life refuted such ideas - the “average Russians” preferred well-equipped C-class cars, that is, more compact and dynamic. In the lower price group (up to $ 12, 000 in 1997-1998 and up to $ 8, 000 in 1999), they usually buy Korean women with air conditioning, power steering and other amenities that make it possible for the owner to feel like he is driving a foreign car. Those who are richer and pretend to a Japanese car also avoid cheap trim levels with small motors. For example, they often take a “packaged” Nissan Almera with a 1.6 liter engine than a larger “Primera”, which in the basic version, that is, “without everything”, would cost even less.

The wave of popularity of carburetors quickly waned, and the Skoda Felicia, Ford Escort and Renault 19 equipped with them now occupy the last lines of ratings. People realized that a foreign car still needed to be repaired not at Uncle Vasya, but at a car service center, where it takes not so much time to service the fuel injection system, which means it is relatively inexpensive. By the way, a complete diagnosis and adjustment of the engine with nozzle flushing, which is supposed to be done every 30 thousand km, will cost six times less than gasoline spent for the same mileage …

In general, against the background of modern cars, our antediluvian "Capital" looked so faded (and literally too) that no one dared to predict: how much would they really give for it? The granddaughter, “KIA Shuma”, with a full range of options, including air conditioning, costs $ 13, 000 at the car dealership, for the equally richly equipped daughter, “Sefiya”, they have been asking for two thousand years old already seven thousand, and what should we give the old woman for parts? Three hundred dollars will always be given at the Ostashkov dump … And yet, we will try to sell it as a car, although seven years and 100 thousand km were not in vain - Capital began to crumble slowly. Only for spare parts that failed, we spent about $ 1000 (for detailed operation reports, see ZR, 1995, No. 5, 11; 1996, No. 7; 1999, No. 8) - this does not include fuel, tires and work, because all maintenance was carried out independently.

In the first announcement, they started at $ 1, 500, but the calls went only when they reduced the price to a thousand. And so, after a couple of weeks, the buyer pecked. It seems that KIA fell into good hands - this guy will make candy out of her. The white foreign car, which none of the neighbors have, is simply doomed to become the subject of their envy …

It was different with the Nissan Terrano. In the summer of 1997, a project matured - to buy a Japanese car in Primorye, dispelling the myth of the cheapness of the right-hand drive “second-hand”. Transporting an ordinary passenger car is not profitable - even then it was clear that, taking into account delivery from the other side of the planet, it would cost more than its left-hand drive one-year-old from Europe. All-terrain vehicles are another matter - the secondary market of Moscow was not yet saturated with them and the ads on the sale of SUVs scared off the sky-high prices. The details of the purchase of Terrano and its operation were described in ZR, 1997, No. 12; 1998, No. 4, 6. Nissan, like KIA, brought only losses. To the very high price for a seven-year-old car ($ 10, 500), the campaign for its purchase and delivery to Moscow added another $ 5, 000 (!). Of these, $ 1000 - air tickets, $ 500 - hotel and meals, $ 1000 - parking awaiting departure, and $ 2500 - delivery in a grid car out of turn.

Let's estimate whether our purchase was worth the money? The asset has impeccable Japanese quality - everything worked decisively from the moment of purchase to the sale in the car. Silence and comfort on the move, automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors - this seems to be a pity for money. But the passive is the ancient (1990) year of manufacture, the right-hand drive (I don’t want to replenish the inexorable statistics of the “right-handed” accidents) and it is not known what mileage. Fresh cosmetic varnish on the back and ridiculous odometer readings of 45, 000 km suggested that the car was being prepared for sale.

Over 2.5 years of service in the editorial office of Terrano, he ran about 20 thousand km, and everyone who had a chance to use it spoke of the jeep like this: “Riding is a pleasure, but I don’t feel like leaving notes at the gas station.” Consuming 15–20 liters of gasoline per 100 km, the Japanese all-terrain vehicle quickly weaned itself from being used for traveling purposes - if you need to go somewhere out of town, in mud or snow, then you can put up with it.

Total maintenance costs did not exceed $ 100 - oil, filters, pads. But on the approach was already replacing a set of tires, and they are just as expensive for jeeps … In short, we decided not to bring the matter to unnecessary expenses and sell the car as it is. And then, it’s not an hour, something will break and you will have to invest in a thing that will not become more expensive from this.

Studying other people's ads for sale plunged into a light shock - the same “terrano” of the same 90th year of release, but with a normal, left-hand drive, the owners are eager to give away $ 6, 000, but, apparently, they are not seized like hot cakes. I had to set a price of $ 4000 and wait at the window of it - narrowed. During the first week there were only bridegrooms - the failed buyers seduced by dumping felt and sniffed the jeep from all sides and, apparently, recalling how cool the steering wheel was on other previously seen “terranos”, they left.

And then, finally, the first applicants with serious intentions - the guys came from the Ivanovo region and they had no time to beat around the bush. The gluttony of the jeep was perceived as an inevitability with which to reconcile, the right hand drive was considered a disadvantage insignificant, since they were going to ride through forest clearing, and high cross-country ability and comfort were decisive factors. They shook hands, and on the same day, Nissan, possibly forever, left Moscow, dissolving in the vast Russian expanses …

So, the loss in money for KIA-Capital amounted to about 93% of the initial price, for Nissan Terrano - about 75%. A complete calculation of expenses, including the cost of gasoline and tires, showed that 1 kilometer of KIA cost $ 0.17, and Nissan - as much as $ 0.63! Here it is appropriate to recall that a taxi in Moscow costs $ 0.12 / km, therefore, riding on the KIA, we actually threw about $ 2, 000 into the wind, and over $ 9, 000 on the Nissan! Not to mention the fact that you can ride a taxi relaxing and sleepily glancing around: the driver will spoil his nerves and pay for a possible accident …