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Government Car Auctions – Best First Car Under 10K

Government Car Auctions Brisbane is where savvy parents are buying first cars for their kids. Keep reading to find how you can save money and minimize the risks when buying from car auctions.

Safety and reliability are the most two important features parents want in a car for their kids but it usually comes at a much higher price than parents want to spend until now.

Savvy parents have discovered the car auctions is where they can get the most important features and a great price when buying first car for their kids on a budget.

To be able to get the best of both worlds it does mean you have to do a little bit more work but thanks to the internet and car inspection services it’s made faster and easier.

In fact many parents are using car inspection services to inspect the car, then if the car is good they just bid and buy online. Car Auctions are so much more professional these days they even offer transport services for delivery.

Example of Car Inspected at Manheim Government Car Auctions Brisbane

Buying used cars from car auctions can come with a certain amount of risk but that risk can be minimized if you buy from reputable car auctions places in Brisbane like Pickles or Manheim selling ex government fleet vehicles (Q Fleet).

Here is an example of an ex Q fleet 2011 Toyota Yaris Hatchback, automatic with optional safety pack in blue that I inspected for a first time car buyer from Manheim car auctions Brisbane.

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If you’re not familiar with the Yaris, read the Used Car Review: Toyota Yaris 2005-2011 over at by David Morley a freelance motoring writer.

Here’s the Review and Rating By

Our rating: 3.5/5
Nuts and bolts

Engine/s: 1.3/1.5 4-cyl

Transmissions: 4-auto/5-man

Fuel economy (combined): 6.5 litres per 100km (1.3)/6.7 litres (1.5)

Safety rating (courtesy of 4 stars (5 stars with optional safety pack)


Super reliable, provided servicing has been regular
Drives well with an emphasis on city maneuverability
Choice of body styles
User-friendly interior with loads of storage and decent equipment

No stability control at any price
Side air-bags were only in optional safety pack. Many examples don’t have them
Sedan version somewhat less than attractive
Automatic lacking at least one ratio

Registration Certificate
The Toyota Yaris I inspected at Manheim Brisbane car auctions was an ex Queensland fleet car (Qfleet) used by the Department of Health only done around 40,000km with full service history.

The advantages of buying ex government fleet vehicles is they usually have good service history as this one did with low kilometres.




Safety Certificate

This vehicle also came with a safety certificate.







Paint Damage

The only negative was that the vehicle was not garaged by the driver and as a result was weathered, meaning there was sun damage to the paint and fading of the plastic weather strips.

So, this vehicle passed the written pre purchase mechanical inspection by BPC Pre Purchase Vehicle Inspections and the parents went to the auctions the following day in hope to secure a car with a 5 star safety for a lower than market value price for their daughter.






Used Car Safety Ratings Guide

Car safety was an after thought years gone by but its now a car buyers number one hot button along with fuel economy of course.

Get your hands on the Buyer’s Guide to Used Car Safety Ratings

Based on records of over 5 million vehicles in police-reported road crashes in Australia and New Zealand between 1996 and 2010 and analysed by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre with support from state auto clubs and transport departments.

The car you’re thinking of buying might of scored well in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) but how does it stack up against real life crashes?

Read the full article at RACQ – Used car safety ratings & download the Buyer’s Guide to Used Car Safety Ratings.

If you’re looking at buying your first car consider the various car auctions in Brisbane, like Pickles Car Auctions Brisbane or Manheim Auto Auction Brisbane & don’t forget to get a Pre Purchase Vehicle Inspection.

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