EVERY BRITISH CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIAST DREAMS ABOUT FINDING A VINTAGE TREASURE IN AN OLD GARAGE OR A HIDDEN BARN IN OUTBACK AUSTRALIA.
But that sweet Aston Martin you found on Craigslist in Alice Springs? Well…it could be a bargain (maybe), but unless you know what you’re doing there’s just no way to know! Here are our top tips for finding a good deal on British classic cars in Australia:
1. FAVOURABLE EXCHANGE RATE
With the exchange rate between the UK and Australia constantly rising and falling, you should keep your eye on the figures. We recommend checking in with a reputable currency watch website, like XE or Easy Forex, at least once a week to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible. And, according to a number of different forecasters, the exchange rate between Australia and the UK is looking pretty good right now — so consider striking while the iron is hot!
2. RESEARCH ONLINE AND CHECK THE CLASSIFIEDS
Before you visit your dealer make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for and you’ve done your research. Do you want a smaller sized car or do you mind having a larger car that guzzles more gas? Do you want bench seats or would you prefer singles? Search for the car you want on the best Australian websites to find British classic cars and check in with the local Australian classic car clubs to see if they have any listings. You could also join in with online forums to learn how much your dream car usually sells for and figure out what your purpose is. For example, do you want to purchase a car to restore it and sell it, or are you looking for the perfect car to keep in your collection for the long-term? Either way, Australia has plenty of options to choose from.
3. BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA
We recommend reading up on classic car terminology and visiting British classic car shows in your local area to gain a better understanding of what to look for in your new car. Some of the best British classic car shows in Australia include: the All British Day in South Australia, the British Classics Tour in South Australia, the British Auto Classic in Busselton, and the All British Display Day in the Hunter region, NSW.
4. QUALITY CHECK
To ensure that you’re getting a good deal on your new classic car it’s important to do a complete quality check of the vehicle before you buy it. Ask the owner if the car has previously had any work done to it, check for damage and evidence of rust, and find out what the mileage is. The great thing about purchasing a British classic car from Australia is that you can generally assume that your car hasn’t been kept in any wild snowstorms or cold, crazy weather. Nonetheless, if you contacted your Australian dealer from the UK you should definitely request to see photos before you consider flying in to see it.
5. DON’T FORGET TO NEGOTIATE
Or don’t negotiate at all! Sometimes the best way to get the price you want is just to tell your dealer what you want, tell them what you’ll pay, give them your number, and then leave. When it comes to settling on a car price, it can pay to be polite but firm. If you’re haggling, raise your offer in small and specific increments, like by $500 each time. If you have the means, you may also like to pay up front in cash to get a better deal. Many Australian sellers are more than happy to discount the price if you can confirm you will pay them all in one go, rather than in small installments.
6. TRANSPORTING YOUR CAR AT A LOW PRICE
Once you’ve purchased your British classic car you’ll need to source out experts, like Willship International, to transport your car to the UK. With contracts in place with various shipping lines and competitive pricing, we can help you move your classic car across the globe with ease. Just check out these stories from some of our UK customers who wanted to move their classic cars to the UK: a rare 1923 Vauxhall and Steve’s Jaguar.
Are you interested in shipping a British classic car from Australia to the UK? Give us a call on (61) 7 3267 3694, or send us an online enquiry today to find out how we can help you get your baby home..