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How To Get the Best Possible Trade-in for your Vehicle

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve chosen the perfect new car and have decided to trade-in your current vehicle. Consequently, you need to be well prepared to ensure that you maximize the value of your old car. These tips will help you get the best deal and allow you to drive away with the best possible trade-in. Take Full Advantage of Your Car’s Value Don’t be too focussed on the figure that the dealer offers for your car. It’s the changeover price that you should really be concerned with. This is the final amount that you will pay to drive the new car away. Naturally you need this figure to be as low as you can possibly negotiate. Take time to prepare your car and present it to the dealer at its very best. Make Sure it is Spotless Have your car prepared, just as you would if you were going to sell it at private sale. Create the impression that it has been well looked after: It is well worthwhile considering a car detailer to have your car professionally cleaned. Otherwise, clean it meticulously, with a thorough wash and polish, inside and out, carefully vacuum the interior and wipe down all surfaces. Check Roadworthiness Have everything in working order.  The engine needs to be performing well. All electronics in order, lights and washers working and there should be no cracked glass. Most importantly the tyres should be in good condition. Collect all Papers Don’t overlook the car’s paperwork. Gather together the service log book and receipts for repairs and accessories that have been added. These records show the dealer that you have been a careful and attentive owner and the car is in the best condition that can be expected. Know the Exact Value Make sure to get an independent valuation and know what your car is worth. You can easily find out your car’s market value with a quick internet search. Don’t rely on the dealer to offer the full market value. Optimize Your Timing Dealer’s sales targets usually come under increased pressure at the end of the month. So this is the most propitious time for you to make your trade-in and can often result in a better deal. Aim for the last week in the month to start your negotiations. Remember all your comparisons and bargaining need to be done on your drive-away price. Make the Deal There are a number of additional aspects that you need be fully prepared for when negotiating your final outlay figure. Check the New Car’s Year of Manufacture Often a new car will have a build date from the previous year and this should mean you receive a discount for its age. Cars that are manufactured overseas are quite commonly built late in one year and don’t arrive in Australia until the next. These vehicles will have a compliance plate for the year of their arrival. It shows that the vehicle is tested and meets the requirements of Australian design rules (ADR’s). Consequently, many cars can have a build date of say, 2104 and a compliance plate showing 2105. Check these plates which are fitted near the engine of the vehicle. Be Wary of Extras Don’t be caught out with unwanted extras that the dealer may try to include. For example, they may claim...

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Three Ways Queensland Has Prepared For The 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On November 15 and 16, 2014, the Queensland city of Brisbane will go into a heightened security alert as 20 world leaders visit for the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit. With countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia being represented, it takes a lot of planning to pull off an event of this magnitude. Here are three ways Queensland has prepared for this year’s gathering. Security Drills and Planning Over the long weekend that celebrates Labour Day in early October, summit organisers took advantage of the quiet roads to run full airport and transportation security drills. Using everyday people to act out the parts of the arriving world leaders, a full run-through was held that covered the arriving of dignitaries’ aircraft, their exit from the planes, and their transportation from the airport to the hotels that they will be staying at. Motorcades for the main leaders will run up to a dozen vehicles long. They include police motorcycle escorts, support vans and the main limousine. The police did not reveal too many intricate details of the travel routes or security measures that are being taken. This was to avoid giving too much advance information to any terrorist organisation that may be wanting to plan an attack. Planning for an event of this size normally begins several years before it takes place. In September 2014, the terror alert level in Australia was raised from medium to high due to information received about ISIS planned attacks on Australian soil. Because of this heightened alert level, areas of Brisbane city will be tightly locked down while the summit takes place. Armoured Cars for Visiting Dignitaries While the summit leaders are being transported from the airport, and between the hotel and meeting venues, the vehicle type being used for this corporate transportation is important. This period of time is one where there is potential for an attack to take place. The Australian Government is using 16 armoured limousines to transport the leaders, and they have rented them at a cost of over AU$100,000 each. President Obama from the United States, however, travels with his own state car which is known as “the Beast”. It is a 2009 Cadillac which includes non-factory model extras such as: A night vision system. Handles on the outside of the doors that security agents can hold onto while running beside the car. A mobile oxygen supply. A supply of the President’s blood type in the trunk. In the event of an attack on the motorcade, these cars need to be strong enough to withstand everything while they get their occupants to safety. Banning the Carrying of Specific Items To try and minimise the chances of an attack on the visiting leaders, the Queensland Government passed legislation in October 2013 that restricts specific items from being carried in the designated security areas while the summit is taking place. Items that are on the banned list include: The obvious weapons — guns, knives, replica guns, and smoke bombs Slingshots and spear-guns Whips and handcuffs Large signs that are bigger than 100cm high If there is a legal excuse to have those items in the security area, however, exceptions will be made. For example, if a family wants to head to a picnic at one of Brisbane’s inner city...

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