Do I replace what I just lost, or do I go for a cheap Luxury car I can VIP-spec.....
Accord Euros are getting to the $3k range, could be fun.... bit of Luxury for a change....
Do up a list of wants, desirables and don't wants first.
And don't forget to check tyres, spares and service prices on any vehicle you look at. Some cars have horrendous spares and service prices. Why tyres? Because some vehicles run odd sizes/profiles that are way overpriced.
A cheaper option to fix the SA issues in peak summer are Diesel generators. They're quick to install if you get the pre-configured shipping container units, and have a low capital cost, but they're expensive to run.
That's what happened down here in Tassie when we had a "perfect storm" of dreadfully low Hydro storage (a combination of poor rainfall and Aurora Energy flogging to much power to the mainland at peak prices) and a break in the Basslink power cable meaning we couldn't import power from Vic.
Ot but one of the contributors to the Basslink break thread on Whirlpool has posted some dam(n) good videos on Vimeo