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Discussion in 'Visas / Migration' started by wondering aloud, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. wondering aloud

    wondering aloud New Member

    Hi All

    It seems like cars hold thier value over there more than they do here in the UK (a positive look on "look how bloody expensive cars are over there")

    So do cars drop a lot in value when you drive them off from new like they do here?

    How easy is it to get finance on a new/ used car on arrival? We will be on a 457 visa.

    How quickly can you buy a new/ used car? as we dont want to be paying car rental costs for too long! Any good companies any can recommend?


  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Cars do hold their value much more here than in the UK. As with any purchase, haggling is big here so its rare anyone pays ticket prices.

    We personally bought a few month old car when we arrived, had low miles, dealer warranty etc but was a fair few grand cheaper than a brand new one.

    You will struggle to secure finance as a new migrant, your credit rating starts again when you move here so just becareful you dont end up signing up for over the odd's repayments if someone will give you finance.

    Most familys i have met rent a car for 3 weeks(ish), you have that much to do on arrival including finding an area and a rental house that buying a car will be the least of your worrys,lol.
    Papers like the Trading Post are good for car sales as are websites such as, and of course the old faithful - Ebay!lol
    There are loads of car pitches around various parts of Brisbane,Gympie Rd is home to a few as is Ipswich Rd,Moorooka (also known as the golden mile due to the amount if pitches there)

    Hope this helps
    Cal x

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