srg73

Offers and buying interstate.

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    We are keeping an eye on 2nd hand cars to see what prices are like and what our budget will allow for. We are looking at small suv's ie Honda CR-V circa 2007-2011. One thing which is noticeable is that cars seem cheaper interstate especially from QLD and NSW.

     

    My questions, is it simple to purchase interstate, is it worth it and also what offers are acceptable against 2nd hand cars ie if we are looking at a $15k car would you offer say $14k? In the UK I'm never concerned about making offers or trying to strike a deal, is that common place in Aus or will I end up with a black eye?

     

    Thanks. S

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    I think the main problem with buying from interstate, any state, is that the vehicle then has to be registered in SA. Stamp Duty is then payable on the registration, (as it is also if you are buying a car in SA) and you also have to pay an inspection to confirm the identity of the vehicle. There is also the cost of travel to buy the car and the loss of warranty by taking it away from the dealership.

    I believe some people have done all this, but I think I would put it all in the too hard basket. If you are prepared to buy privately, there are always vehicles in Adelaide on Gumtree.

    We have always negotiated a good price for a vehicle, but often with a dealership they are able to offer inclusive driveaway prices, especially on new vehicles, so they have more flexibility to bargain.

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    There are plenty of good cars here in S.A. so don't go interstate. View and test the car, then offer a few thousand below your top offer. That's when the haggling begins and hopefully you'll get it within your means. BTW, there is a book available to banks etc which give the recommended price for second hand cars. Not sure how you get hold of a current one but if you know someone in the business, ask what is a fair price for the car you have in mind.

     

    God luck.

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    As in the UK there is also Glasses Guide here which is used by the industry as a guide to used car prices, but you have to pay for the info (may be worth it though). Also it is recommended to have an RAA vehicle inspection done which will find any problems with the car. You don't want to buy a lemon http://www.raa.com.au/

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    Thanks for the advice so far, does it hold much weight if we are cash buyers ie no credit etc?

     

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    I don't think that having cash will be much advantage with dealers, as they all have good credit facilities in place. It would be if you are buying privately, of course. I think your advantage is that you have no trade-in for them to have to sell on.

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    Dealers like to sell you credit as they can make some more money out of you

     

    Even for new arrivals?

     

    S

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