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Buying a car is no small task. Whether it's your first, second, or third purchase, or regardless if you're buying brand-new or secondhand, there are a lot of factors to consider before you even think about pulling the trigger.
HMR Auto Auction is celebrating its first anniversary
Is there a better indicator of a booming business for HMR Auto Auction than the increasing number of passenger vehicles being auctioned and participating bidders after a year of operation?In 2016, the company started auctioning 150 cars per month. Now, the
To be used as a daily driver
Hi, Botchi. I'm looking for a new car to replace my old Honda Civic. I work for one of the country's largest financial institutions, so I am constantly whizzing about Makati, Ortigas, and my home down south.I'm considering
Try before you buy
If you're viewing this on a mobile device and can't see the video, please click here. Buying a secondhand car can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, you could score a great deal on a pre-loved gem
A battle of bestsellers
Dear Botchi,I am confused on which car to pick between the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS Premium and the Toyota Innova 2.8 G. Which one is worth buying based on the price with the given features: ample safety tech, a comfortable
Using the Ford EcoSport
What does fashion have to do with cars, you ask? Well, we didn't know exactly, until Ford Philippines invited us for a 'fashion challenge.' Little did we know that we'd get schooled on shopping and haggling, which are handy skills
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Hi, Botchi. I'm shopping for a vehicle that I can use for a 130km daily drive (from Santa Rita NLEX to Makati via EDSA, and back) on weekdays. My choices are the Chevrolet Trax, the Ford EcoSport, the Toyota Avanza, the
Our consumer editor helps a reader
Good day. I need help with choosing a pickup truck. I am a personal trainer doing freelance training at the park, at client's homes, and in private gyms. I bring along ropes, huge tires (for slamming), suspension-training straps, and a
We discuss the pros and cons
Hi, Botchi. Let me start by explaining my motoring situation. I am an OFW who comes home every two months for a 20-day vacation. Because my family owns several cars, I just borrow a car every time I'm in the
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Hello, Botchi! What's the best driver's car under P1 million? It will be a gift for a college graduate who wants a fun-to-drive car. Thank you!Joel Ramos Hi, Joel. Thanks for your e-mail. Letters like this
According to a UK study
Remember the days when one would go to a car dealership, check out the models on display, and talk to a salesman? Or what about sifting through tons of car brochures just to compare specs and features? While many people still do
Quick tips to detect if something's fishy
It's not always easy buying a used car. Aside from scam artists, "hot" cars, lemons and rebuilt wrecks, Philippine buyers also have to contend with flooded vehicles being sold at regular prices.Now, if you do want to take the risk
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I'm looking for a good van for my family of about 20-25 members. Are the Toyota Hiace Grandia and the Nissan Urvan any good?Thank you.Raymund FaundoHi, Mr. Faundo. Our sincerest apologies for the late reply to this. It'
So you don't waste time on the wrong ones
It's the day before V-Day, and your social-media feed is probably inundated with love articles, date-place suggestions, and classic advice stories on "finding the one." Readings about the latter inevitably end by saying that you just know when
Learn more about this promo
BPI Family Auto Loan is now offering a promo called "Bagong Kotse, 1 Month Libre." If this straightforward promo title still leaves you puzzled, let's break it down for you.The promo entitles car buyers a free one-month amortization when
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Hi, Botchi. I am an avid reader of your column. I'd like to thank you for sharing your knowledge in helping others decide which car is best suited to them.Now, I'd like to ask for your advice to help
Via BPI Family Auto Loan's new service
Applying for a car loan just got a step easier. BPI Family Savings Bank has introduced the "60-Second Auto Loan Pre-Qualification" feature of its auto loan website, bpiautoloans.com.Now, what does this feature help you with? Based on a
Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Strada or Toyota Hilux?
Hello, Botchi. I'll grab this opportunity to ask you regarding the fuel efficiency in standard driving conditions of the following pickup trucks:* Isuzu D-Max LX 4x2* Mitsubishi Strada GLX 4x2* Toyota Hilux 4x2 EThis could be my second vehicle
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Hello, Top Gear Philippines. I follow your Facebook page. I'm not well-versed with cars, that's why I am sending this message. I'm planning to buy a diesel-powered personal car, with automatic transmission. I am looking for a
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Hi, Botchi. I'm a senior college student continuing on to medical school. My parents are thinking of buying me a car for use during med school and until I get a job of my own (that's four to eight years
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