Canberra’s not the easiest place to get around when you need to rely solely on public transport, so for many households a car or two is an essential addition to any family garage.
But when the time comes to get a new one, be it for ourselves or our newly-licensed children, where should we go and what should we buy?
We all know the old adage about buying a brand new car: the minute you drive it out of the shop, it loses 30 per cent of its value. And if you’re buying for P-platers it generally makes more sense to spend a little less so you don’t get as upset when it comes home with a few dings!
Canberra sporting legend Ricky Stuart knows all too well what it’s like to shop for a second-hand car for your kids. He bought both his sons, Jackson and Jed, a second-hand car when they had proven themselves responsible drivers.
Ricky says that he chose ALLBIDS to buy the cars because it’s easy to test them, bid on them, and buy them at a fair price.
“ALLBIDS are great to deal with,” says Ricky. “The cars are really well listed online and you can go out to Fyshwick and grab the keys, start them up, and make sure you’re happy before making your bids.
“The first car we bought from ALLBIDS was a Ford Ute which we got for a great price ($3,500) when Jackson learned to drive. That’s been handed down to our youngest, Jed, and we bought Jackson a great Subaru for just over $10,000.”
Ricky also recently bought a third car from ALLBIDS for his daughter Emma. Emma has autism and receives care from the wonderful team at Koomarri.
“The carers needed a car to drive Emma, so we recently bought one for her too,” says Ricky. “I went to ALLBIDS and asked them to help, and they found the right car for us to buy. That makes three cars now, and they’ve just been fantastic.”
Ricky notes that he’s not the first from the Canberra Raiders to buy from ALLBIDS, with other players buying and selling cars through the popular online auction platform as well.
“Over the years quite a few of our players have bought and sold cars through ALLBIDS. A few of the older guys have bought cars as their families expanded or they needed a second car. Or they have simply sold their own cars on ALLBIDS because it’s easier than selling privately and better than trading it in.”
Morgan Evans, General Manager of ALLBIDS, says he’s always thrilled to see cars added and sold via auction on ALLBIDS because it saves people the stress of negotiating private sales or getting taken for a ride with overpriced car yards.
“When you want to buy a second-hand car on ALLBIDS you can come in and see it, sit in it, and even bring a mechanic to check it out with you. But after that, you don’t need to try and haggle your way to the bottom. You simply go home, log in, and bid what you think it’s worth.
“If another bidder tops your bid you can go higher if you like, or bid on another car.”
Morgan says that when it comes to getting rid of an unwanted family car, ALLBIDS manages the entire process for you.
“We test it, take professional photos of it, write it up, put it online, and promote it on your behalf.
“Rather than a car yard telling you what they’re willing to pay, the public can tell you what they’re willing to pay. And if you end up with two people who really like the car, you often get a lot more than you would for it anywhere else while the buyer pays a lot less than they normally would because a car yard hasn’t put their mark-up on it. It’s simply good value all round.”
To learn more about buying or selling a second-hand car through ALLBIDS, visit ALLBIDS cars or call them on 6239 2262.
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