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Old 12-14-2013, 05:12 PM
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Hi Tulauras,

I am glad to have signed up on this forum as a helpful and knowledgeable member like you is there to help. I am surely gonna search through the websites you suggest. I have plenty of time at hand to prepare myself in all aspects so that once I land in CBR, I am comfortable with arranging essentials for myself.

I somehow find very interesting website. In UK, I relied on it for my room search all the time and strongly feel it is good for same purpose in AU as well. Would you suggest me to consider buying a used car from gumtree?

Thanks & best regards

Originally Posted by tulauras View Post
Yes, there is definitely room to negotiate. Probably by $500-$1000 or so off the internet price, double that off the price in a car yard.

You should have a look at car-buying guides from organisations like the (or the equivalent ACT/NSW body),, and the ACT consumer affairs body. These are consumer-friendly groups that tell you a) what you need to look at to ensure a car is good quality and b) what your legal rights as a purchaser are. As a general rule of thumb, just don't let yourself get pushed into anything that you're not comfortable with!

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Old 12-14-2013, 10:48 PM
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Hey Suchi

Thanks for the nice message! Pleasure to help.

I really like gumtree too. One thing to note is that with buying a car, it's generally cheaper to go through a private seller, but with a dealer you get better protections - eg if they've lied to you or the car doesn't do what it said it would, you can return it and get it repaired or refunded.

Unfortunately sometimes people can be a little dodgy when selling cars (such as winding back from the odometer, saying the car has had work when it hasn't), so you do really need to be careful when buying from a private seller. Most automobile associations (again, I can't remember the name of the ACT one I'm sorry) will do a pre-purchase check for you. This might cost $100-$200 but is absolutely worth it for peace of mind and not being up for major repair costs later.

When I bought a car earlier this year, I went through a dealer, negotiated hard and was very happy. When I bought my first car, I had less money, so went through a private seller, but is wish I'd had a check as the guy who sold it to me was very dodgy.

Also, I note that there are private sellers on the car websites as well.

Good luck!

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