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80 per cent of new car shortfall in Queensland and Western Australia

Statistics released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) in September show that falling demand in resource states is affecting new vehicle sales.

New car sales are falling across the country and have decreased by 2.5 per cent for the year to date. However, Western Australia and Queensland are experiencing greater dips than the rest of Australia.

In fact, the latest figures suggest Western Australia has seen an 8.3 per cent dip in new car buyers, while Queensland has seen a 5.4 per cent decrease, and the Northern Territory a 5.3 per cent lower figure.

This drop is believed to be due to economic conditions, FCAI chief executive Tony Weber told Drive.com.au.

“When you see such a variation between states it reflects the conditions in those states,” he said.

He also suggested the mining boom could have created an artificially high base which has now dropped. Sales of light commercial vehicles has dropped, as well.

As of August, the national market for new car sales was 19,307 units behind where it was in the comparative period in 2013. However, 80 per cent of this difference is the result of lower demand in areas such as Western Australian and Queensland, as these states were 15,589 units below the same result in 2013.

This may be good news if you want to sell your vehicle, however, as those turning away from the new car market may begin to consider buying a second hand model. This means there may be more people looking to purchase your car, so you can get a better price for it.

So far, more people this year have been purchasing new passenger vehicles, although this is followed closely behind by SUVs. Small cars remain popular, while demand for light buses is still low.

What are ISOFIX seats?

Australia has recently announced changes to the mandatory safety standard of motor vehicles Down Under that has been designed to make travelling safer for children.

The new standard allows for the inclusion of ISOFIX attachments, which have been used around the world for many years.

What are ISOFIX attachments?

ISOFIX is an international system that allows you to more easily (and more safely) install a child car seat into your car. This system removes the need for vehicle seat belts, as it is made up of two standard attachment points, which are located on the base of the seat. It also features an anti-tipping forward device in the shape of either a support leg or top tether.

Why consider ISOFIX?

If you are expecting a child in the near future, you may be contemplating selling your car in order to upgrade to one that has these attachments in place. 

With around 1,000 children seriously injured every year by motor accidents in Australia, this could be a way to protect them in the event of a crash.

"I encourage all parents and carers to have an approved safety device fitted to their child's car seat to help protect their loved ones and reduce injuries in the event of a crash," said the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson in a September 19 statement. 

How can you install a car seat using ISOFIX attachments?

ISOFIX attachments allow you to clip two rigid or flexible anchorage points to the back car seat. This means movement between the child seat and belt clip will be restricted in the event of a crash.

Less force will be applied to your child in the event in a crash. Not only that but these seats are easier to install, which means there will be a smaller chance of installing it incorrectly. 

Research suggests new car trend still decreasing

After months of poor performance in the new car market, a new Roy Morgan Research survey indicates the problem is getting worse.

According to the research, the number of Australian planning to purchase a new vehicle by 2018 has dropped to its lowest level since November 2012.

This could be a concern for many manufacturers, but good news for those selling their used cars. When confidence in the new car market has fallen, it usually points towards an increase of consumer interest in buying second hand vehicles rather than shelling out for a brand new model.

In May, there were approximately 2.17 million potential new car buyers in the market. However, this has dropped to 2.07 million in August and there are no signs of this trend abating.

Industry Director of Automotive at Roy Morgan Research, Jordan Pakes explained buying intentions have also taken a hit in recent months. The survey results reveal that the number of people committing to purchasing a new car in the next year has fallen from 608,000 in July 2014 to 523,000 last month.

“Despite Consumer Confidence starting to stabilise in recent weeks, this has yet to have an impact on our new car buying intentions,” he said.

“Long-term intention now sits at its lowest level since August 2011, while short-term intention hasn’t been this low since February 2010. The Federal Budget in May has certainly impacted peoples’ economic optimism, and ongoing international uncertainty only serves to heighten this sense of gloom.”

With the new car market continues to take a hit, it could be an idea to consider choosing a vehicle out of the AreYouSelling process. These second-hand vehicles are sold at a competitive price and compare well with the options available from newer models.

What does Roy Morgan reveal about DIY mechanics?

A recent Roy Morgan survey about “backyard mechanics” has revealed interesting information about those Aussies who tinker with their cars at home.

The survey found the number of people who have worked on a car at home in any given three months has dropped from 18 per cent in 2010 to 16 per cent in the year to June 2014.

This group of people were also “overwhelmingly” male and aged mostly between 35 – 64 years. Most lived in the country, rather than in the cities.

However, this is not all the study revealed. Interestingly, this group of people are also more likely than the average Australian to get their car serviced by a professional.

“While these ‘revheads’ obviously enjoy a bit of backyard tinkering, they would still rely on the professionals to do the serious work, keep their service schedules up to date and their beloved vehicle performing to its maximum capacity,” said Warren Reid, grip accounts director for consumer products at Roy Morgan Research.

Regular servicing is a great way to ensure your car is in the best shape possible, making it easier to sell your car further down the track.

Backyard mechanics are also more likely to shop for car accessories, stating a preference for Repco and Autobarn.

The right car accessories could help you increase the value of your car so that you get a higher price when it comes time to sell it. However, it is worth ensuring that these car accessories don’t negatively impact the asking price of your car.

Leather seats, air conditioning, parking sensors and built-in satellite navigation systems are all good bets, while window and paint protection may not add significant value.

New car sales drop in 2014

If the latest findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics are anything to go by, it appears the new car market in Australia is experiencing a lull.

In fact, new vehicle sales decreased by a seasonally adjusted figure of 1.8 per cent in August compared to July figures. Over the course of the year, these figures have dropped by 3.5 per cent compared to the corresponding period of 2013.

The seasonally adjusted figures saw 91,391 cars sold in August throughout the country. 

Sales of passenger and sports utility vehicles decreased markedly in August when compared to July. In fact, passenger vehicles were down 1.8 per cent and sports utility vehicles by 3.7 per cent.

Tasmania recorded the largest decrease of 1.6 per cent, followed by the Northern Territory (1.5 per cent) and Western Australia (0.9 per cent).

This could be good news for those selling their cars however, as consumers may be more inclined to buy a second hand vehicle rather than purchase a brand new model.

There are a myriad of reasons why Australians may opt to buy a pre-loved car rather than a top of the range model.

For instance, new cars depreciate – meaning they lose value quickly. Often buyers may choose to purchase a car strategically in terms of its life span. 

Some buyers may be concerned with the environment, as it can be more environmentally savvy to extend the life of an existing vehicle rather than purchasing one that requires more energy and materials to build.

Choosing a car that has gone through the AreYouSelling process is a safe option for new car buyers as the qualified team of experts would have assessed the car to rule out any problems.

How to spot a brake problem

Part of being a responsible driver is checking your car regularly. Listen out for any odd sounds or noises coming from within the car, cast your eye around the exterior and under the bonnet and pay attention to how it feels and handles when you're out and about on the road.

Being alert and aware can help you take preventive measures to keep your car in the best condition – an important factor for anyone looking to sell a used car fast. This is particularly important when it comes to the brakes, which play a crucial role in keeping you and other road users safe.

Brakes need to be responsive and in the best condition, so you can feel confident when you're behind the wheel. Here are a few tips to help you keep a close eye on your vehicle's brakes and some warning signs to watch out for.

'Sinking' pedals

If you find that the brake and clutch pedals are sinking to the floor slowly, this may be a sign of any number of problems, such as a leak somewhere in the braking system. It's best to see your mechanic right away for proper testing. 

Don't attempt to fiddle with the brakes yourself, as this can have the potential to cause an accident.

'Pulling' of your vehicle

Sometimes you might find your car tends to 'pull' over to one side during the braking process. If so, this could mean that something has gotten into the brake fluid or your brake linings are wearing away unevenly, which can cause the shift in direction.

This can be fixed with a brake adjustment or fluid drainage/replacement.

'Squealing' brakes

Brakes that emit a squealing sound whenever you use them could mean the friction material has worn away entirely, so the backing plate is pushed directly against the brake rotor. It may also mean the brake pad isn't as secure as it could be.

Have your mechanic take a closer look to see where the problems are, and what is needed to fix them. 

3 key fluids for your car

Cars are a complex collection of moving parts and components, many of which need the proper lubrication to operate safely and effectively. There are several key fluids found in your which keep it running smoothly. If you're looking to sell your car for cash, this is one area to be vigilant about.

A car that's in sound shape is also more likely to respond as anticipated on the road, so it's doubly important to be aware of the fluids in your vehicle and when they may need a top up. 

Here is a quick guide to the fluids in your vehicle and how to tell if they're in need of a little TLC.

Oil

Your car needs oil like you need water – it lubricates the engine and keeps the parts from wearing down faster. You can check the oil in your car regularly on your own but consult your mechanic if you're unsure when to get it replaced.

Simply pop open the bonnet, take out the dipstick from the oil reservoir and wipe it completely clean before dipping and drawing it out again. Measure the level of oil on the stick against the markings to see whether you're under, over or just right. 

Radiator coolant

Coolant is an antifreeze substance is used to stop your engine from overheating, which can be dangerous for you – not to mention expensive to fix. To check your coolant level, wait till your engine has become cold before popping the radiator cap and checking that the liquid is at or near the top.

You should also check the level of coolant in the tank. This is translucent, so all you need to do is see how much is sitting in there. 

Brake fluid

Brake fluid keeps this vital component of your car working properly. It's clear in colour (if clean) and should be replaced with the correct type of fluid for your vehicle – check your owner's manual for the exact details if you are unsure. 

Be very careful when handling brake fluid as it can damage your eyes, and always make sure everything is sealed off properly before getting back behind the wheel.

Finding a car buyer you trust

Everybody's heard the horror stories about a car purchase or sale gone wrong – but do you ever stop to consider that one day, this could be you? It's easy to feel bulletproof and like you know it all when it comes to buying or selling a car, but the truth is there are some people out there who are ready to take advantage. 

That's why, if you're planning to sell your vehicle, it's important to use a car buying service you trust. While the idea of undertaking a private sale might appeal to you, you need to be really careful finding a trustworthy buyer and making sure the transaction goes smoothly.

Here are some reasons why a professional car buying service such as AreYouSelling.com is one of the best ways to sell your vehicle.

They have experience – AreYouSelling.com has been operating for more than 35 years with thousands of happy customers to report, so you know you're dealing with a professional and knowledgeable service provider that is held accountable to extremely high standards. 

They're everywhere – AreYouSelling.com operates across six states, making it Australia's largest buyer. Even if you're not in one of the main centres, there's still a way to get in touch with a representative of the company and get a valuation of your car. 

It greatly simplifies the process for you – Selling a car can come with a whole lot of hassle, from advertising to responding to enquiries and making sure your car is in a fit state to sell. Organising all this can really chew through time. However, a professional car buying service can cut through all this by buying almost any vehicle with a free valuation and cash given to you before the purchase. It couldn't be more simple! 

How to get your car ready for sale?

If you are planning on selling your car, there's no doubt you will want to make sure it is in the best condition possible to ensure you have an easy sale.

Here are some top ways to prepare your car for sale.

Cleaning

Make sure you scrub your car from top to bottom – including the inside. Check your backseat and boot to make sure there is no rubbish or personal belongings lying around.

Essentially the aim is to make sure your car looks well-cared for and maintained.

Consider having it detailed

Getting your car professionally detailed can help you to add resale value. It can help your car look new by removing small scratches and paint imperfections that can occur as part of normal wear and tear. A car detailing can also help by shampooing the carpets and degreasing the engine so the entire car looks and smells clean and tidy.

Get it serviced

Rather than the new buyer discovering any flaws with your car, it is best to have it professionally serviced so any work can be done before you sell it. You should also have your car's oil changed as many buyers will know to check this.

Make any necessary repairs

Whether it be replacing old fuses or worn tyres, it is essential to ensure no part of your car poses a safety threat to a new owner.

Remember, tyres must have a tread of at least 1.5mm in order to be legal. 

Get all your documentation in order

This includes your registration details as well as any information about repairs as this can help buyers to understand how well your car has been looked after.

To make the process even easier why not let the team at AreYouSelling take care of all the hard work for you? Once your car is ready for sale they can take it off your hands.

Which car maintenance checks should you perform monthly?

Certain checks on your car need to be performed monthly in order to keep it running in the best condition – making it easier to sell when you are ready to put it on the market. 

Transmission

Check your transmission to ensure the fluid level is at a normal level. This can help to prevent damage to your engine so everything runs smoothly. You may also want to take the time to check the smell and colour of the fluid. This should be a light colour and not smell burnt or sweet.

Tyres

Once a month you should have a look at your tyres – including the spare – to make sure they are at the right pressure and there is no excessive wear and tear on them. Even if your car has a tyre pressure monitoring system, it is still important to do a manual check to make sure everything is as it should be.

Lights

You should also check your lights, both the interior and exterior bulbs, to verify they are clean and working efficiently.

Check for leaks

Make sure you have a look around your car for any leaks that could signal a problem with your car. If you spot a black leak it could be your oil leaking, while clear leaks with a brownish tinge can indicate your power steering or brake fluids are leaking. If you notice anything suspicious it is best to have it checked out by your mechanic. Remember it is easier and cheaper to fix these problems when you first notice them rather than leaving them to become worse.

Steering

If you have power steering it can be good to make sure the reservoir is full enough. This should be located in the engine compartment but you can check your owner's manual for more details on how to check this correctly and which type of fluid you should add.