Hello everyone! I've been stalking this forum for years, and now at 19 years old, I finally have a chance to make a post on here myself.
This is my 2012 Chinese built Daihatsu Charade G102 Hatch. 90,000kms, 1 original owner, bought for 3100rmb (that's about £350, or $480). The original Charade was designed and sold in the early nineties. It's very famous in China, as it was one of the first cheapo cars to be built and sold here, under the name Xiali 夏利. It was super common as taxis in the nineties and 2000s.
A few days ago, I bought this one for 3100 Chinese Yuan taxed, inspected and insured, which is about 350 Pounds/480 US Dollars at the current conversion rate. It's my first car, and I have quite a few mods in store for it.
I've been looking for a car for ages now, having sold my camera to free up some funds. At first, I looked at a 2002 Chinese made Jetta Mk2 (with the Passat B4-ish front end and Corrado Dash). It was for sale for 4000 Yuan, but just needed too much work.
After, I looked at a 2012 Chana Star, a license built Suzuki Carry from the 90s. These were also sold under the name Tiger in the US, in small numbers. This particular one looked clean in the pictures, but needed a bit of body work. Still, it was mechanically sound and I paid a deposit. Long story short, the seller was shady af, and the car wasn't able to be transferred to my name. I got my deposit back though.
I was just about to give up searching for a car when a guy from Shandong Province hit me up on Xianyu, a Chinese equivalent to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace (I spend at least half an hour each day on it, looking at cars and parts). I had put out a wanted ad on the app, for this model of Charade. He lived locally, and wanted to sell the car. These Charades are super rare where I live, in Nanchang. So, after only seeing one crappy picture, I went to take a look at it the next day.
The car needed a bit of a wash, but mechanically was on point. There was a little bit of fender damage, but apart from that, it was solid. I was so glad to finally find a good car to buy that I just paid the seller's asking price of 3100 rmb. He was a really nice guy, and helped me get comprehensive insurance put on it. He even asked one of his friends to drive me back, as he saw that I was a new driver.
Just a random tidbit, but that friend of his used to drive tanks in the Chinese army, and that was immediately obvious from the way he drove, haha! Let's just say he's not a slow driver.
And that was that. I was now the proud owner of a Xiali 7101AF4S.