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Best Places to Sell Your Car – Carsales vs Gumtree

If you have a car for sale no doubt you have begun shopping around for the best places to advertise your car with the best possible chance of making the sale. There are many different platforms that will allow you to post your ad, but which will give you the highest chance of moving your car along?

Let’s look at the online car sale giants a little closer…

The figures are:

  • 178,814 cars on average advertised on Gumtree
  • 224,032 cars on average advertised on Car sales

With high numbers likes this, chances are your car ad will be competing against others that may be listed cheaper or in a better condition. If you’re looking to sell your car in a hurry, these may not be the best solution for you. There are many other solutions of how to sell your car. Some people turn to social media to blindly advertise to their friends and family, others spend high amounts on ads posted in newspapers or websites.

Businesses like Sell Your Car Today offer same-day buying services where you can sell your car quick in exchange for cash, and have your loans and finances taken care of.

You can easily avoid tyre-kickers or low offers, and photo and detail exchanges by using Sell Your Car Today.

Sell Your Car Today even have a valuation tool that draws pricing from live market data to determine a fair price for your vehicle.

To sell your car in Brisbane quick and easily, contact Sell Your Car Today!

What is happening to Volkswagen?

A recent study from a university mechanical engineering team in the US revealed that Volkswagen have been deceiving emissions tests in their diesel vehicles. With actual emissions being about 20-40 times higher than quoted, the automotive giant has landed in hot water. The Volkswagen Automotive Group, which has a number of brands under it’s umbrella including Audi, Lamborghini, Skoda, Porsche and Bugatti, was accused of fitting what it calls a “defeat device” to their vehicles. This device could detect when a vehicle was in a test environment and would modify performance in order to create inconsistent emission test results.

Selling VW cars

It’s a well-known fact that a number of vehicles do perform much better in a test environment as compared to onroad performance.In recent years that has become even more common practice. This level of misleading figures however is generally considered to be clever cheating as opposed to an environmental scandal, as Volkwagen has been branded.

The verdict

If the EPA is able to convict VW, it is likely that the manufacturer will be required to pay up to $18billion USD in compensation for damages to the environment.

This is going to be a challenging time for Volkswagen, and if they’re smart, they’ll be able to bounce back with a new company culture and renewed set of moral standards now that the whole world is watching them.

We buy Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles from the public for fair prices using our online valuation tool.

Car Ownership Prices on the Rise

It’s not secret that it can be expensive to own a car. And with prices always on the rise, which components are the most expensive and how can you limit how hard it hits your wallet?

Cost Breakdown (based on mid-size sedan)

Data from http://rac.com.au/

Standing Costs

Standing costs (As opposed to running costs) are the things that you have to pay just for your vehicle sitting in your driveway before you even get it on the road and put some kilometres on the clock.

For a new medium-sized sedan this is on average:
Depreciation: $75
Interest: $29
On Roads, Stamp Duty, Registration, Insurance: $39
Total Standing Costs: $143/week

Running Costs

These are the costs that you would typically expect to be paying and work it into your budget. Choosing a car with low running costs can save you a lot in to long term.

Once again, using our medium-sized sedan example, typical running costs are:
Fuel: $26
Tyres: $4
Servicing: $20
Total Running Costs: $50/week

Total Costs

Although if you break these costs down to a per-week figure, it doesn’t look too bad, once you look at it annually or per kilometre, it might change your tune.

Total Cost
$10,000+ per year
$0.67 per kilometre
$193 per week

To some, these figures will look reasonable, and not to others. Run the numbers on your next vehicle to see what you’ll have to pay per year, week and kilometre to make sure that you’re within your budget.

In the meantime, if you’re hoping to sell your existing car, go to sellyourcartoday.com.au and sell your car today for cash!

Buying your first car

Buying your first car is such an exciting time. And with so many options available to you it can be easy to lose sight of what is important when making a car choice.

So what should you keep in mind when choosing your inaugural vehicle?

1. Define your budget

Set your budget before going too far into your car research. Work out how much you can comfortably afford including additional costs like insurance, mainenance and running costs. Shop around to see what will work for your budget.

2. Thoroughly research makes, models and styles

Take the time to look at what is available within your price range. Do you want a cheap to run hatchback or do you want to adventure on the weekend with a 4×4? Don’t just look at prices and specifications, also seek out independent reviews of vehicles to see how they are for reliability, on-road experience and any number of other unforeseeable factors.

3. Finding the right one

So now you’ve narrowed down your search to a couple of models that you think will be a great first car. How do you know which one to pick? There’s no exact science to choosing the right used car. Take into consideration the age and condition of a car, how many kilometres it’s done, any dodgy aftermarket modifications, if it has a roadworthy certificate, do a VIN check to see if it’s currently under finance or has been written-off. Also consider an independent mechanic inspection to check things that only a trained professional could pick up on. Best of all, get the opinion of someone who is knowledgeable about cars.

4. Negotiation and Paperwork

Negotiation is one of the hardest parts about buying a car. Often bringing along an older family member or friend can stop a seller from taking advantage of you. Make sure that you fill out the correct paperwork from the Department of Transport to ensure that the vehicle ownership is transferred correctly.

Congratulations! That’s all there is to it! Enjoy the new found freedom of your first car!

Avoiding Disaster with Car Finance

Purchasing a car with finance can cause you countless headaches and ruin you financially if you don’t take the necessary precautions and do your homework.

There’s no doubt that when you see a car advertised for an attractive weekly price that it can be easy to get carried away and commit to more than you bargained for. Often things like payout figures, balloon payments and fees are something that don’t get taken into consideration.

Making an irrational decision before crunching the numbers and calculating the real costs can result in you paying as much as double a car’s worth in the long run.

Here’s our list of things you should know before signing on the dotted line:

  • Check out all finance options – shop around for other finance packages from banks and independent providers.
  • Lifetime cost of the loan – calculate exactly how much you’ll be paying over the life of the loan.
  • Consider depreciation – sometime the value of a car will become less than the outstanding value of the loan. So selling your asset won’t necessarily clear your debt if you need to.
  • Find out about early pay-out penalties
  • Legitimacy – check whether the loan provider is legally allowed to offer you a loan. They should have an AFSL number that you can research.
  • Look into balloon payments and lump sums required in the loan – you would hate to get hit for a surprise bill for 25% of your car’s value at the end of your loan if you’re not prepared for it!

Getting finance on a car can be a great option for getting you the vehicle you need, just make sure that you’re making the right decision by doing your research, running the numbers and not biting off more than you can chew.

Sell Your Car Today Gold Coast

Sell Your Car Today now offers our services in 2 primary locations. In addition to our Springwood facilities we have now branched out into the Gold Coast area. Our new premises at 12 Hilldon Court, Nerang is now open and serving people looking to sell their cars!

If you’re on the Gold Coast and looking to sell your car really fast, we offer outstanding prices and friendly service. Talk to us today or simply use our online price generator to get a quote for your vehicle.

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Sell Your Car Today

Welcome to Sell Your Car Today. We specialise in fast and efficient car buying services for our clients. Want to find out what we’re talking about? Simple go here and enter your vehicle details for a super fast price on the spot.

So what differentiates SYCT from traditional private sales and dealer trade-ins? SYCT is a hybrid of the these two selling services, combining the great sale price of private sales, with the buying power and efficiency of selling to a dealer. Your car is then sold through our wide network of sellers. Our streamlined processes ultimately result in you receiving the best price possible because we know that we can sell your car!

If you’ve never sold through a buying house before, give it a try. We aren’t here to swindle you out of your car for a lucrative price, we’re just here to help you turn your unwanted car into quick and easy cash. You’ll never sell another way again!