When I get on a project, it literally consumes me. Such is the case in researching what car I want to replace my sold Terios.

Buying a car in Panama is not as easy as it is in the US. There you can check Consumer Reports or other reviews and then go to the potential dealers of the cars in your final list and drive them the see which one suits your desires best.

In Panama your selection is dependent on what is available in Panama and what can be serviced. I have found that one of the best ways to research cars is to use YouTube. After selecting the type and make of cars you are interested in, there are a ton of reviews on YouTube.

It is easier if you see a car being demonstrated. In my case, I am looking for a small car that is not too small. I am looking for one that will spend 75 percent of the time fitting into a parking place in David. Parking and driving in David has become more of a problem over the 10+ years I have lived here. Taking a pickup or SUV downtown is not fun.

I looking for something in the hatchback category. The Terios was great because you could fold down the back seats and carry a lawnmower if you had to. Hatchbacks may not hold quite as much, but the ability to fold down the back seat is still something I want.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I started out having decided to go with the Kia Soul. That bubble got burst with my interaction with the dealer and learning they were calling a 2013 model a 2014 model.

It was then I got consumed in the research mode. I have spent hours on the internet reading articles and watching YouTube videos. Buying a car for Lilliam is easy. She first checks the price and if it is cheap enough She says, “I want that color”.

No stress, No looking back. She sees it, she likes it, she buys it.

Not me. I drove the Terios for close to 10 years. If I drive for another 10 years, I want it in a car that makes me happy for 10 years. I can only do that if I have research to the point I know why I am buying one car over another.

To this point, so far I have ruled out one more dealer. That is the TESA dealer that sells Skoda. I really was ready to get a Skoda Fabia. It is built based on the VW family and since forming the union with VW has an excellent record in Europe.

I looked at it at the dealer, sat in it and was ready to test drive it, when I found that the model was 2012. I was told the model had not changed, so they had not brought in a new model. I had researched 2013 and 2014 on the Internet. My mind can’t cope with buying a new 2012 in 2014.

I decided to check out the TESA website and see if they were advertising current models.  Under Automotrix, I clicked on Skoda and it took me to

Being directed to Chinese Medicine was the end of Skoda for me. I wonder how long it will take TESA to get their website fixed.

Currently I am looking at two car models. Suzuki SX4 and the Volkswagen Gol. Both are hatchbacks and the Suzuki has the edge on size. I would also like to look at the Fiat, but the dealer’s cars are currently being shown at fairs outside of David.

I most likely will not make a final decision until the David Fair. It is typically the time when you can see all the models and get the best deals. However, if a dealer makes me an offer I can’t refuse…………

Of course I am still open to a like new used car too, but I am not holding my breath on that.

5 thoughts on “Consumed

  1. I’ve got a 1981 Toyota Landcruiser that would be just right for you. And in 10 years you’ll have it running and looking the way you want 🙂

  2. Wikipedia articles can provide a lot of information about various makes/models, such as different manufacturing locations, body styles, engines and transmissions, recalls, change dates .

    Some sites in the US, UK, Australia, India and South Africa have both professional and owner reviews.

    good luck, there are no perfect choices…

  3. When I read this:” model was 2012. I was told the model had not changed, so they had not brought in a new model.”…I thought , of course they didnt bring in a new model as they hadnt sold thier inventory , and since its still sitting there , it hadnt changed…lol….of course they change , every year gets ‘some’ update….sounds like a somewhat ‘shady’ salesperson or dealership..they advertise “brand new 2012 toyotas” here in Houston too….result of over production

  4. Hi Don: I bought my 2006 Tucson in Sept, of 2005 from Petro Autos the Hyundai dealership in David. It has never caused me a problem other than changing the tires, running lights (fog lights) and normal maintenance. I wanted the color to be white and had to wait a few weeks and was called when it was unloaded on the docks in Panama City. Mr. Beltran is the Manager of Petro Autos and you couldn’t find a more decent man. I am extremely happy with my Tucson and the low cost of service provided. I know, you may think the Tucson is too large for you but give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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