Cash For Cars Brisbane – A Blog

I’m on the road most days buying and selling cars for cash.

I’m a licensed motor dealer and this is my job.

As you can imagine, I see a variety of cars, and people.

I’ve started to write the posts below from the oddities I’ve learnt and continue to learn all the time about cars and the industry at large.

People sell their cars in a variety of makes, models, condition and price.

I hope you find some of the articles and stories interesting.

And whether or not I end up buying your car, I hope some of this info helps you get a better price.

Do I Need Window Tinting?

In Australia’s harsh climate conditions and with so many melanomas being found daily in our population, the question is raised, do we need window tinting on our cars? Let’s take a look at that… There are 3 types of UV light: UV C – which never makes it to the earth’s surface, so not a […]

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Hot tips on how to improve your driving skills

I’m sure we all think we are Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Jamie Whincup or Mark Winterbottom behind the wheel of our car, but this is not always the case, in fact quite the opposite. One of the most important aspects of being a better driver and improving your driving skills, is the wonderful side effect […]

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Top 10 Worst Car Owner Mistakes

Have you ever wondered what mistakes are made by car owners from purchase htrough to ownership, well we have, and here they are… 1) PPRS or POST Purchase Research Syndrome – One massive piece of advice, buying a car works better when research PREDATES purchase. Don’t wait until you’ve handed over your hard earned cash […]

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Is Your Car Air Conditioning Keeping You Cool This Summer?

Oh my goodness, how hot has this summer been? If you live anywhere in South East Queensland there is little doubt you have been sweltering away through January and February as we experience one of our hottest summers on record, and that’s saying something for SEQ! Air conditioners in homes and cars have been working […]

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Can I Repair My Alloy Wheels?

Ever have one of those days when you’re in a rush to get everywhere and as you are parallel parking you hear that noise no car lover ever wants to hear… SCRAAAAAAPE… closely followed by some choice words, knowing your pristine alloy wheels have been permanently damaged by those darn unforgiving gutters. Have no fear, […]

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Waterless Car Spray Cleaners – Why use them?

I’ve been asked a few times if there is any benefit in using waterless spray cleaners and my answer is that it really depends on the person and how much they love their car. I find people who love driving around in a shiny car all of the time, it just makes them happy and […]

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How Can I Tell a Hail Damaged Car

It wasn’t all that long ago Brisbane was smashed with a few nasty hail storms. Summer seems so long ago at the tie of writing right? Remember just after the storms seeing all the cars running around looking like they’d been sitting on a golf driving range? Well a lot of those cars have been […]

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How To Restore Headlights On a Car

Have you ever noticed cars – and not necessarily older cars – with foggy and sometimes yellow tinged headlights? This is known as oxidisation and not only does it look bad, it diminishes the effectiveness of your headlights AND is a roadworthy item. And because it is a safety concern, you can get a fine […]

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Office of Fair Trading – Used Cars

Fortunately for both buying and selling used cars in Qld, the Office of Fair Trading acts as an advocate for consumer laws. This benefits both the buying public and the reputation of motor dealers. Who Are The Office of Fair Trading? Most states have a government department set up to act as the guardian of […]

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Painting Brake Calipers – How To

When I can, I like to write up a few ideas that if they don’t exactly add value to a used car, they certainly help to sell one. This guy has an excellent YouTube channel – Chris Fix. I’ve used his videos for years to remind myself of a few tips when fixing – or […]

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Car Batteries

There’s a bit to know about your car’s battery, what makes it work, how to maintain it and when/how to replace it. So how long does a car battery last? This depends on a whole heap of factors including features on the car which use the battery’s reserves, how much and how often (e.g. even […]

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Trustworthy Mechanics

As a Facebook user, this post came across my timeline. A mechanic in Jimboomba posted it with the above image. This is what he had to say about it in blue below: When will this sort of thing STOP? I had a customer last week with a holden Astra who was told she needed a […]

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How To Disinfect Your Car Air Conditioning

Smelly cars are not nice. Smoker’s cars combined with smelly are almost impossible to fix. But if your car has just been sitting around locked up for a while, it will no doubt become a little musty. Some cars just have a “manufacturer’s smell” about them. What?? When you’ve been around as many cars as […]

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Resetting Automatic Transmission Control Module

Did you read my last post about automatic transmission maintenance you can try? Maintenance of automatic transmissions can be fiddly and is usually ignored based on the experience I have seen in a lot of used cars. It gets forgotten about until something goes wrong. And the fixes can usually be quite expensive – especially […]

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Automatic Transmission Problems?

Have you ever noticed some funny shifting going on with your automatic transmission? Maybe the gears are clunking a little either on the way through the gears – or on the way back down – or both. Shudder at the thought right, because you’ve heard how much transmissions are to either fix or replace. The […]

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Ford Territory Repairs

Don’t get me wrong, I buy a lot of Ford Territory models. They are a popular SUV and for many good reasons. But ask most owners, and the Territory has its problems too. Ask any mechanic or anyone in the auto industry that has had much to do with buying, selling or maintaining a Territory. […]

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Are My Car Tyres Roadworthy?

Tyres are for obvious reasons a very important part of car maintenance. And can have a bearing on how much you can sell your car for – because they are expensive to replace. Even for a small 4 cylinder car, cheap Chinese tyres will still be circa $70 fitted and balanced each. More commonplace and […]

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Happy New Year

Well I had a very busy December with people selling their cars for cash in Brisbane. Often people need some money freed up in cars they can no longer afford. I also bought a few excellent quality used cars from students who have finished their time in Brisbane after a few years of study and […]

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Car Preparation for Holidays

It’s that time of year when the school zones are quit and the highways are busy. School holidays are here. Are you driving your car? A well maintained car is less likely to give you trouble when you are gone. The best thing to do is to take your car to a local mechanic and […]

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Premium Petrol – Does Your Car Benefit From It?

First of all it is important to note that Premium Petrol is indeed a premium product. At the service stations in Brisbane and indeed Australia, you can get various grades of petrol easy to judge by it’s percentage of Octane. Right? Actually, NO. This is just the beginning of the confusion experienced by us, the […]

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Spare Auto Keys, Smart Keys and Transponders

In the days of the Commodore, Camira, Gemini, Falcon and Corona, losing your car key just wasn’t a problem. Head down to your local hardware store or shopping centre’s Mr Minit and 5 minutes and a few bucks later, there’s your duplicated key. Getting car keys cut in the last 15 years, as technology in […]

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How To Make Money Just From Fixing Your Car

I subscribe to this guy’s videos because he always has some great tips. I love tinkering on cars – but I don’t have a mechanical background. This guy caters exactly to people like me making simple, informative and short videos on just about every detail of how to fix various issued used cars always have. […]

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How To Buy A Used Car – Part 4

Before the test drive Before taking the car for a test drive, check you are comfortable with the insurance cover and/or the risk you are taking should you have an accident. This is especially important if you are buying privately. Dealers will have insurance to cover you for significant damage, but they may require you […]

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How To Buy A Used Car – Part 3

The Inspection When you have done your research and decided to inspect a vehicle or two, ask the right questions on the first phone call. This could save you a trip: Is the car in your name and owned by yourself? (Private buying only – dealers must assure title by law). Do you have a […]

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How To Buy A Used Car – Part 2

Buy a Car Privately, From a Dealer or at Auction? You know the makes/models that suit you best and their price range. So now it is a matter of finding the matches for sale in your local area. Irrespective of the seller. Advantages of Buying From a Dealer Buying from a dealer is heavily regulated […]

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How To Buy A Used Car – Part 1

Proper Planning Proper Planning Prevents Poor Purchasing Before you make the first call enquiry. Before you make your first inspection appointment. Before you take your first test drive. And definitely before you start negotiating… Know your stuff. Yeah yeah I know; BORING. But unwisely, many people decide they need a car and immediately hit the […]

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Cash For Cars Websites

There are lots of cash for cars websites you can find in Brisbane by doing some pretty simple Google searches. Is this how you found me and my site today? Probably so because I work hard to provide the best car buying experience in Brisbane. I am licensed with the Qld Office of Fair Trading […]

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Roadworthy Certificates

I get asked a lot about roadworthy certificates. I have attempted to answer some of the main questions about them below: Is a Roadworthy Certificate the same thing as an RWC and/or a Safety Certificate? Yes. Some time ago a RWC (roadworthy certificate) began being referred to in Qld legislation as a safety certificate. However […]

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I Bought A Batmobile

Allow me to indulge in one of my favourite recent purchases. Introducing the BatMobile! Sometimes people just cannot sell their cars quickly. And that includes myself. In the past I have bought a great car with all the right things – e.g. low kms, good logbooks, no damage, etc. But for weird unknown reasons, they […]

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Why Dealers Don’t Offer You Much For Trade-Ins

Actually the title of this post should be “why dealers can either offer not very much, or big deals on trade ins”. Confusing? Let me explain. 1. Why Your Trade in Deal Is Too Low This is generally the case when looking to trade in on a USED CAR. Because put bluntly, the dealer probably […]

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