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Hi - moving over to Brisbane shortly and Im looking at buying a car. Can anyone give me any advice on where to buy, anything out of the ordinary that you need to do etc.

I would be buying the car using finance / bank loan - is it best to borrow £ in the UK or Aus?

 

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Hi all,

 

I came across this post in a search and, appreciating how important it is to source a car as soon as possible after arrival in OZ, thought there would be tons of responses from people willing to share their car buying experiences.

 

I've been on 'carsales' etc and seen some nice cars. I would like to buy before I move in April 2014 so that the car is either ready to collect or delivered on my arrival. BUT, getting finance in OZ while still in the UK, if guessing, isn't possible. So, is it possible to buy a car ready for arrival?

 

I'd really like to hear if anyone has achieved this and how they went about it.

 

Thanks.

 

Ady

 

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I would like to buy before I move in April 2014 so that the car is either ready to collect or delivered on my arrival. BUT, getting finance in OZ while still in the UK, if guessing, isn't possible. So, is it possible to buy a car ready for arrival?I'd really like to hear if anyone has achieved this and how they went about it.Thanks.Ady

 

So, you want to buy a car without seeing it, on finance, from the otherside of the world and pay to have it stored until you arrive? Seems more than slightly wacky to me.

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Hi all,I came across this post in a search and, appreciating how important it is to sourse a car as soon as possible after arrival in OZ, thought there would be tons of responses from people willing to share their car buying experiences.I've been on 'carsales' etc and seen some nice cars. I would like to buy before I move in April 2014 so that the car is either ready to collect or delivered on my arrival. BUT, getting finance in OZ while still in the UK, if guessing, isn't possible. So, is it possible to buy a car ready for arrival?I'd really like to hear if anyone has achieved this and how they went about it.Thanks.Ady

 

just a thought, but we plan to do the following - we're running about in a couple of relatively cheap cars here in the UK while we gather funds for the move. By the time we move they'll be worth circa 5k aud. we're going to by something cheap without finance to do us while we get set up and I expect this will become the second vehicle in time. Bangernomics all the way!!

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I doubt any bank is going to give you finance as soon as you get off a plane. You need to get your paperwork sorted, Aussie driving licence, a permanent address, TFN, bank account and preferably a steady job too and a few months wages and savings behind you. I doubt any car showroom will do anything unless you pay for it in cash in advance either. You do not need to buy a car straight away. We relied on public transport and saved up for 2 years after arriving and paid in cash for a new car. You will find Aussie banks do not give credit as easily as UK ones which is why the banks are not in a mess. If you have to rent a car for a couple of weeks or a few trips by taxi then it's not the end of the world. We hired vans to move and cars for weekends away. I only bought a car because I was fed up of carrying a weeks shopping a couple of miles in 30 degree heat because it was quicker to walk than wait an hour for a bus.

 

as for the OPs question about which currency to 'borrow in' LOL!!!!

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So, you want to buy a car without seeing it, on finance, from the otherside of the world and pay to have it stored until you arrive? Seems more than slightly wacky to me.

 

It only seems 'wacky' to you because there's so much you don't know about my situation! I think you've made far too many assumptions.

 

Whilst I know nothing about how the car market differs from that of the UK's, I have bought cars on-line in similar circumstances before in the UK. So, if it is considered 'wacky' in Australia to do this, then 'wacky' it is and I'll scrap (no pun intended) the idea. This is why I asked the question. Not to be ridiculed.

 

If the car isn't as advertised, the dealer is obliged to put it right or reimburse you somehow. In all my experiences (3 such purchases), I've only ever had one issue and that was when, due to an oversight by the dealer, a car was advertised as having Cruise Control only later to learn that it did not. So I forced the dealer to have it retro-fitted at their expense!

 

I also know plenty of people local to where I'm moving to and would trust them to look at and test drive a near new/quality used car on my behalf. Also, knowing what make and model of car I intend to buy means I can even have a look at examples of that model here in the UK. The photos on car selling websites aren't the best, granted but it's certainly better than nothing.

 

Also, who said anything about 'storage'? I didn't. If doing a deal like this is even possible, I would time my transaction, having explained my situation to the dealer, so that no storage would need to be involved.

 

Obviously, buying a car in this manner doesn't come without some risk and I would only use a dealer but as my wife has limited mobility and relies on me for transport, getting a car as quickly as possible after arrival is our top priority.

 

Now you know more about my situation, does it still seem 'wacky' to you?


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just a thought, but we plan to do the following - we're running about in a couple of relatively cheap cars here in the UK while we gather funds for the move. By the time we move they'll be worth circa 5k aud. we're going to by something cheap without finance to do us while we get set up and I expect this will become the second vehicle in time. Bangernomics all the way!!

 

That's a really nice idea, thank you.

 

The only trouble is keeping it as a second car. My wife doesn't drive and has no inclination to learn either! So I'd end up having to sell the second car as there wouldn't be much worth in keeping it. Not that much of a problem granted but I've also had some bad (expensive) experiences with 'banernomics'. lol

 

Will still consider it mind.

 

Thanks again.


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I doubt any bank is going to give you finance as soon as you get off a plane. You need to get your paperwork sorted, Aussie driving licence, a permanent address, TFN, bank account and preferably a steady job too and a few months wages and savings behind you. I doubt any car showroom will do anything unless you pay for it in cash in advance either. You do not need to buy a car straight away. We relied on public transport and saved up for 2 years after arriving and paid in cash for a new car. You will find Aussie banks do not give credit as easily as UK ones which is why the banks are not in a mess. If you have to rent a car for a couple of weeks or a few trips by taxi then it's not the end of the world. We hired vans to move and cars for weekends away. I only bought a car because I was fed up of carrying a weeks shopping a couple of miles in 30 degree heat because it was quicker to walk than wait an hour for a bus.

 

as for the OPs question about which currency to 'borrow in' LOL!!!!

 

Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I realise getting finance or bank loan would be impossible until all is sorted with paperwork. I would possibly look at sourcing the funds here and transferring it.

 

You raise a valid point about Public Transport though. We used it for years here in the UK until buying our first car and just hired when we needed to. Unfortunately, an injury leaving my wife disabled forced a purchase. The need for a car will be the same for us in Australia as in the UK for this reason me thinks. Wifey couldn't walk a couple of miles without shopping in any kind of heat. Neither could she wait an hour for a bus. :(


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Now you know more about my situation, does it still seem 'wacky' to you?

 

Yup, 'fraid so. Personally I'd still just hire a car on arrival, for a few weeks until I'd bought a car I was happy with.

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Yup, 'fraid so. Personally I'd still just hire a car on arrival, for a few weeks until I'd bought a car I was happy with.

 

Well, it goes without saying that I wouldn't buy a car unless I WAS happy with it! lol I'm thinking of righting off the idea anyway. Being present means I can haggle. I wouldn't be able to do that having not actually seen the car. I do value your somewhat candid input. ;)


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