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    Hello Iron Chef,

    Thank you for providing advice on cars. This is really useful to gauge if a car is worth bringing or not.

    - year of manufacture: 2014

    - make, model & variant: VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT EXECUTIVE STYLE TDI BMT 140

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 4 Door Saloon (Sedan)

    - engine size & fuel type: 2.0/Diesel

    - transmission: Manual

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front WD

    - mileage: 36,000 miles

    - any special features, options or modification: Tinted Windows, Cruise Control, Rear park assist (not video), leather upholstery, DAB radio, Driver seat lumbar support.

    - does it have aircon: Yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £10,745 (Market price est. from Gocompare.com)

    - Australian RedBook value [USED]: AUS$45,000 - $46,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

    - Australian market value: AUS$40,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

    - which Australian state/city: Victoria/Melbourne

     

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    22 hours ago, swc132994 said:

    Hello Iron Chef,

    Thank you for providing advice on cars. This is really useful to gauge if a car is worth bringing or not.

    - year of manufacture: 2014

    - make, model & variant: VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT EXECUTIVE STYLE TDI BMT 140

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 4 Door Saloon (Sedan)

    - engine size & fuel type: 2.0/Diesel

    - transmission: Manual

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front WD

    - mileage: 36,000 miles

    - any special features, options or modification: Tinted Windows, Cruise Control, Rear park assist (not video), leather upholstery, DAB radio, Driver seat lumbar support.

    - does it have aircon: Yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £10,745 (Market price est. from Gocompare.com)

    - Australian RedBook value [USED]: AUS$45,000 - $46,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

    - Australian market value: AUS$40,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

    - which Australian state/city: Victoria/Melbourne

     

    Welcome! If you love your manual, bringing it over will be your only option (we never sold the manual diesel here in Australia). At the prices you've listed there it's worth bringing over.


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    Thanks for coming back to me. I drive a Manual in the UK as that is what is more popular but I am fine either Manual or Automatic. How difficult do you reckon Manual transmission cars are to sell in Oz?

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    Hi Iron Chef,

    I hope you are well and hope you are able to give us your opinion whether it is worth shipping our car. Thanks in advance.

    year of manufacture 2012

    - make, model & variant Audi A4 Avant, SE

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc) Wagon

    - engine size & fuel type 2000 cc Diesel

    - transmission Automatic

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc) Front Wheel Drive

    - mileage 55000 miles 

    - any special features, options or modification Front & Rear Parking sensors, Cruise Control, Automatic headlights, Isofix, Climate Control, Bluetooth Telephone functionality, New timing belt, Built in SatNav, 

    - does it have aircon Yes

    - realistic current UK market value £8,500k

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)           $16,800 - $18,600

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) $25,000-30,000

    - which Australian state/city Sydney

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    G'd day Iron Chef. You may be seeing me in a suburb near you soon

    Please can you give us your advice on the following car:
    - year of manufacture: 2010
    - make, model & variant: Jaguar XF Luxury
    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): Sedan
    - engine size & fuel type: 3.0/Diesel
    - transmission: Auto
    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Rear Wheeler
    - mileage: 84,000 miles
    - any special features, options or modification: N/A
    - does it have aircon: Yes
    - realistic current UK market value: £8,500-9,000
    - Australian RedBook value [uSED]: AUS$20,400 - $23,000
    - Australian market value: AUS$24,000
    - which Australian state/city: SA/Adelaide
    Cheers
    Apollo

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    Hi Chef,

    Thoughts on my rather unusual set of wheels?

    On 2/1/2012 at 04:06, Iron Chef said:

    What I need from you:

    - year of manufacture: 2012

    - make, model & variant: Peugeot Ion (same as Mitsubishi I-miev)

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): City hatch

    - engine size & fuel type: Electric

    - transmission: Auto

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): RWD

    - mileage: 74000km / 45000mi

    - any special features, options or modification

    - does it have aircon: Yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £4.5k

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range): $12000-$14000

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): $19000

    - which Australian state/city: NSW 

     

     

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    On 10/25/2017 at 05:01, swc132994 said:

    Thanks for coming back to me. I drive a Manual in the UK as that is what is more popular but I am fine either Manual or Automatic. How difficult do you reckon Manual transmission cars are to sell in Oz?

    There is a small but very keen group of manual devotees in Australia. A friend of mine recently just managed to find a personal import Land Rover Discovery, ex-personal import from the UK, so he is exceptionally happy about it! There are enough VW fans here that the rarity factor would most likely help your cause.

    On 10/30/2017 at 09:44, AnnieMix said:

    Hi Iron Chef,

    I hope you are well and hope you are able to give us your opinion whether it is worth shipping our car. Thanks in advance.

    year of manufacture 2012

    - make, model & variant Audi A4 Avant, SE

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc) Wagon

    - engine size & fuel type 2000 cc Diesel

    - transmission Automatic

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc) Front Wheel Drive

    - mileage 55000 miles 

    - any special features, options or modification Front & Rear Parking sensors, Cruise Control, Automatic headlights, Isofix, Climate Control, Bluetooth Telephone functionality, New timing belt, Built in SatNav, 

    - does it have aircon Yes

    - realistic current UK market value £8,500k

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)           $16,800 - $18,600

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) $25,000-30,000

    - which Australian state/city Sydney

    If you've owned it since new and know its history, then it's worth considering. The mileage is still relatively low, so it should be ok for another few years, if you plan to keep it.

     

    On 11/12/2017 at 07:52, Apollo said:

    G'd day Iron Chef. You may be seeing me in a suburb near you soonemoji23.png

    Please can you give us your advice on the following car:
    - year of manufacture: 2010
    - make, model & variant: Jaguar XF Luxury
    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): Sedan
    - engine size & fuel type: 3.0/Diesel
    - transmission: Auto
    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Rear Wheeler
    - mileage: 84,000 miles
    - any special features, options or modification: N/A
    - does it have aircon: Yes
    - realistic current UK market value: £8,500-9,000
    - Australian RedBook value [uSED]: AUS$20,400 - $23,000
    - Australian market value: AUS$24,000
    - which Australian state/city: SA/Adelaide
    Cheers
    Apollo
     

    Jaguars and other British built cars seem to suffer woeful depreciation over there. I reckon it's worth doing. Pity you didn't buy a Sportbrake, we never got them here. Enjoy Australia's nicest city!

     

    On 11/13/2017 at 06:07, HibiscusDreams said:

    Hi Chef,

    Thoughts on my rather unusual set of wheels?

     

    Ok this is a tricky one. Mechanically, you wouldn't have any issues getting it serviced at your local Mitsubishi dealer. Based on the numbers you've mentioned, it's worth doing, but only bring it if you love it and want to keep it for a fair while.


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    19 hours ago, Iron Chef said:

    Ok this is a tricky one. Mechanically, you wouldn't have any issues getting it serviced at your local Mitsubishi dealer. Based on the numbers you've mentioned, it's worth doing, but only bring it if you love it and want to keep it for a fair while.

    Hi Chef,

    Thanks for the heads up :)

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    Hi Iron Chef,

     

    Here's one for you...please.

    - year of manufacture: 2008

    - make, model & variant: Vauxhall Corsa SXi

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 5-door hatchback

    - engine size & fuel type: 1200 Petrol

    - transmission: Manual

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front wheel

    - mileage: 58000miles

    - any special features, options or modification: factory mags

    - does it have aircon: yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £2500

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range): 

    $5,900 - $7,300

     (this is for 2012 corsa)

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): $7900 (this is for 2013 vehicle corsa)

    - which Australian state/city: Adelaide, SA

     

    Thanks,

    C

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    On 11/22/2017 at 05:02, Charlieesta said:

    Hi Iron Chef,

     

    Here's one for you...please.

    - year of manufacture: 2008

    - make, model & variant: Vauxhall Corsa SXi

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 5-door hatchback

    - engine size & fuel type: 1200 Petrol

    - transmission: Manual

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front wheel

    - mileage: 58000miles

    - any special features, options or modification: factory mags

    - does it have aircon: yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £2500

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range): 

    $5,900 - $7,300

     (this is for 2012 corsa)

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): $7900 (this is for 2013 vehicle corsa)

    - which Australian state/city: Adelaide, SA

     

    Thanks,

    C

    Another person coming to the best city in Australia!

    Leave the Corsa behind :)


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    On 17/11/2017 at 04:11, Iron Chef said:

     

     

    Thank you Iron Chef for your reply. Really appreciated :) 

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    Hi Iron Chef,

    Thank you for all the help you are providing on this forum. I was wondering if you could help on my car:

    Year of manufacture: 2017

    - make, model & variant: Nissan Xtrail 1.6DiG-T Tekna

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV

    - engine size & fuel type: Petrol 1.6L Turbo

    - transmission: Manual

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): FWD

    - mileage: 6000 Miles

    - any special features, options or modification: The Tekna trim is the top of the range for Xtrail it has: Leather Seats, Sunroof, Parking Sensors all around with cameras, automatic breaking, and loads of driver features, Automatic Parking, heated front seats, alloy wheels, Metallic paint and Built in touch screen which controls everything from Bluetooth, Radio, Satnav etc

    - does it have aircon: Yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £17000

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)  : AUD21500 - AUD23800

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): The 2litre manual Xtrail are going for around AUD29k, but none of them will have the extra trim as they don't come with the leather seats etc.

    - which Australian state/city: Perth, WA

     

    Thank you for your help.

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    2 hours ago, lothar said:

    Hi Iron Chef,

    Thank you for all the help you are providing on this forum. I was wondering if you could help on my car:

    Year of manufacture: 2017

    - make, model & variant: Nissan Xtrail 1.6DiG-T Tekna

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV

    - engine size & fuel type: Petrol 1.6L Turbo

    - transmission: Manual

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): FWD

    - mileage: 6000 Miles

    - any special features, options or modification: The Tekna trim is the top of the range for Xtrail it has: Leather Seats, Sunroof, Parking Sensors all around with cameras, automatic breaking, and loads of driver features, Automatic Parking, heated front seats, alloy wheels, Metallic paint and Built in touch screen which controls everything from Bluetooth, Radio, Satnav etc

    - does it have aircon: Yes

    - realistic current UK market value: £17000

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)  : AUD21500 - AUD23800

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): The 2litre manual Xtrail are going for around AUD29k, but none of them will have the extra trim as they don't come with the leather seats etc.

    - which Australian state/city: Perth, WA

     

    Thank you for your help.

    I have a rather unique insight into these because my sister just bought a manual one for $23K, virtually new. We never got the DiG-T motors in the X-Trail here (smallest is a 2 litre), so if you can get GBP17K for it over there, selling it would be the smarter option.


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    8 hours ago, Iron Chef said:

    I have a rather unique insight into these because my sister just bought a manual one for $23K, virtually new. We never got the DiG-T motors in the X-Trail here (smallest is a 2 litre), so if you can get GBP17K for it over there, selling it would be the smarter option.

    Amazing thank you so much.

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    Hi Iron Chef, 

    Wondering what the best bargains you have spotted in all of your reviews

    Just starting to run the numbers on a potential move to Brisbane (prob over a year from now) we are currently leasing but considering buying and bringing a car given the apparently steep cost of 2nd hand cars in Aus.

    We are a family of 4 so will need a good sized car (or two) when we get here. Have you come across anything suitable in that category that is a no brainer for resale in Aus?... Im guessing premium brands that depreciate fast in UK? Maybe big gas guzzlers that are taxed heavily in UK but not Aus?

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