The Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia is the countries tourist destination and offers a wide selection of tourist attractions from them parks to endless beaches and sunshine. The Gold Coast is also famous for its car race the Gold Coast 600.
Here are some personal experiences I want to share that I experienced when I went there:
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Buying a used car in Australia is much cheaper than the surrounding countries. For example, the Nissan sedan made in 2000 as shown in the photo, we bought at a price of $2000 dollars.
But after two years of use a few problems started to arise. The cost to repair is very expensive. To improve the air conditioning and the balancing system, the total cost paid is $850 dollars. The car also needed a new Ignition and key and we would need an auto locksmith to do this work.
While we were holidaying on the Gold Coast, we decided to pay our friends a visit, we were driving our Nissan and took the main highway to her house. It was a hot day and I noticed the car was overheating. We pulled over on the side and I had to get a tow truck to the nearest mechanic as it is illegal to abandon a car on the side of the road. Our friend recommended to get the car towed to the mechanic that they use called Gold Coast Car Care and thankfully they were very close by in Ashmore.
After they assessed the car, we were told that the cost of repairs for the car would be more expensive than the actual cars value. We were advised that it would be near impossible to even sell the car or even give it away as too much work was required and it was probably only good for scrapping. In Australia it can actually cost money to get your car disposed of which really surprised me.
To dispose of it would cost $350 dollars. It felt wrong that the car was going to be just thrown away but of course we have to obey the rules that apply here. In Australia the rules and regulations for car safety are high and the mechanics all have a duty of care and with this experience we understand that the mechanics here are far more professional.
Before Buying a Vehicle in Australia, There Are Things to Understand
In different states there are different requirements to car safety and car registration. In Queensland when you purchase a new car it automatically comes with a blue slip also known as a Safety or Roadworthy Certificate. The buyer must go and arrange car registration and a Green Slip which is the compulsory 3rd party insurance that all vehicles in Australia must have.
For any secondhand cars bought before it is registered to the new owner the car must have a safety inspection done or also called a roadworthy certificate done and these cost around $85. … Read More...