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Hi would you be ale to help me out thinking about bringing my car but unsure if it is worth it

- year of manufacture              2014 (63 Plate)

- make, model & variant           BMW 520D SE Touring

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc)    5 Door estate

- engine size & fuel type     2L diesel 

- transmission          Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc)   2WD

- mileage   128000 miles 

- any special features, options or modification  park assist,rear cam, coll warning, adaptive cruise, lane keeping, driver alert, road sign info, blind spot info/x traffic allert. paddles Paddles - No

- does it have aircon  Yes

- realistic current UK market value     £8500

- 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)    

$29,800 - $32,900

 Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - Not really one there matching model/ mileage/ year

- which Australian state/city   Brisbane

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I am undecided about taking my car to Australia.  It is currently on a PCP deal so I would have to pay off the remaining finance (£19650) in order to sell the car in the UK or take it with me.  Alternatively I could voluntarily terminate the contract and hand the car back which I think will cost me circa £2,000.

 

What I need from you:

- year of manufacture 2017

- make, model & variant Range Rover Evoque SE Tech TD

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

- engine size & fuel type 2.0 litres and diesel

- transmission automatic

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

- mileage circa 24,000 miles on the clock

- any special features, options or modification tow bar and reversing camera

- does it have aircon Yes

- realistic current UK market value £21,770

- Australian RedBook value I can only find SE is the closest version on there and it is slightly lower spec than mine and cars the same age are advertised for $67,551

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) Again SE is the closest match but slightly lower spec and private sellers are asking $51,000 to $51,990

- which Australian state/city Perth, Western Australia

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On 13/09/2019 at 20:54, Ned1y said:

Hi would you be ale to help me out thinking about bringing my car but unsure if it is worth it

- year of manufacture              2014 (63 Plate)

- make, model & variant           BMW 520D SE Touring

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc)    5 Door estate

- engine size & fuel type     2L diesel 

- transmission          Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc)   2WD

- mileage   128000 miles 

- any special features, options or modification  park assist,rear cam, coll warning, adaptive cruise, lane keeping, driver alert, road sign info, blind spot info/x traffic allert. paddles Paddles - No

- does it have aircon  Yes

- realistic current UK market value     £8500

- 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)    

$29,800 - $32,900

 Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - Not really one there matching model/ mileage/ year

- which Australian state/city   Brisbane

My apologies, I didn't get a notification about your enquiry. It would be a bit of a unicorn in Australia because it's a manual, which may be a blessing or a curse come sale time. I'd love to have one personally.  Servicing wouldn't be an issue. If you like shifting your own gears, definitely worth bringing over.


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11 hours ago, Kelpie said:

I am undecided about taking my car to Australia.  It is currently on a PCP deal so I would have to pay off the remaining finance (£19650) in order to sell the car in the UK or take it with me.  Alternatively I could voluntarily terminate the contract and hand the car back which I think will cost me circa £2,000.

 

What I need from you:

- year of manufacture 2017

- make, model & variant Range Rover Evoque SE Tech TD

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

- engine size & fuel type 2.0 litres and diesel

- transmission automatic

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

- mileage circa 24,000 miles on the clock

- any special features, options or modification tow bar and reversing camera

- does it have aircon Yes

- realistic current UK market value £21,770

- Australian RedBook value I can only find SE is the closest version on there and it is slightly lower spec than mine and cars the same age are advertised for $67,551

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) Again SE is the closest match but slightly lower spec and private sellers are asking $51,000 to $51,990

- which Australian state/city Perth, Western Australia

Worth doing based on those numbers.


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Hello! - We're moving out September next year, transferring from UK Military to ADF, will be based in Adelaide. Hadn't really considered taking the car (custom motorbike - yes!) so just testing the water. We own it outright. Also, under personal import rules, can both my wife and I take a vehicle each? (e.g. me motorbike, wife car)?

 

What I need from you:

- year of manufacture Jan 2015

- make, model & variant Mercedes-Benz C250 BlueTEC Diesel SPORT PREMIUM Estate (Wagon) W205

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc) Wagon

- engine size & fuel type 2.1L Diesel

- transmission Auto

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

- mileage 62000 (will be nearer 70k by the time we go)

- any special features, options or modification Panoramic Roof, Heated Seats, Obsidian Black Metallic paint

- does it have aircon Yes

- realistic current UK market value £15000

- 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) $35400 - $38800

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) Can only find saloon, but $35000 seems average

- which Australian state/city Adelaide, SA

Thanks in advance.


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I've been trying to find a car that is worthwhile bringing back with me but am at the point of giving up. Second hand mass market cars in Oz that are about 3 years old are very cheap. I have also looked at S class mercs, 7 series BMW etc which there may be a slight margin on but after a few years they sink like a stone to the point where a lot of cars like classic Porsches are cheaper in Oz. Cheaper premium cars like C class mercs are cheaper in Oz, as are the whole japanese range. Mileage on UK cars is another thing - most cars in Oz would be a write off (or $1000 bunkies) with the mileages that are typical here. 

My rule of thumb is take the £ price, multiply it by 4, that's the cut off point in $'s - that's for a 'B' category whereby you won't really save any money but if you have the car already and you like it then why not?  

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On 06/10/2019 at 02:43, Iron Chef said:

Worth doing based on those numbers.

I assume the exchange rate must have moved a lot in this time as it would be madness to do this now! a £22k car is $45k before you've even started running up import costs

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