Last week, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reported 28 consecutive months of new car sales declines.

But today Gumtree revealed that from April through June, there was a 19% uptick in automotive searches compared to January through March, amounting to 155 million.

Makes and models to experience the highest growth include the Isuzu ute (up 87%), and Hyundai (up 70%). 

Toyota, however, still dominated the listings, with 125,825 models listed in the past six months.

In the market for a new car? The table below features car loans with some of the lowest variable and fixed interest rates on the market.

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LenderCar LoanInterest Rate Comparison Rate* Monthly Repayment Interest Type Vehicle Type Maximum Vehicle Age Ongoing Fee Upfront Fee Total Repayment Early Repayment Instant Approval Online Application TagsFeaturesLinkCompare
6.24% p.a.
7.36% p.a.
1 year
  • Available for purchasing new and demo vehicles
  • $5,000 to $150,000 loan amount
  • Redraw facility available up to $5000/day
  • Required: Good credit history, stable employment history. Aus citizenship or PR.
6.34% p.a.
8.36% p.a.
1 year
6.57% p.a.
7.19% p.a.
No Max
Loan amounts from $2k to $75k
  • Available for any new motorised vehicle
  • No ongoing or early exit fees
  • 1-7 years loan terms. Pay monthly, fortnightly, or weekly
  • Get quick decision. Funds in 24 hrs if approved
6.09% p.a.
7.21% p.a.
1 year
  • Discounted rate on qualifying electric cars
  • Up to 7 yrs loan term
  • Redraw available up to $5,000/day
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Site-wide, Gumtree has more than 95,000 automotive listings on its site, with 32,000 new listings each week.

Gumtree's head of motors Richard Dicello said the intention to purchase used vehicles is still high.

"Despite the disruption, 87% of Gumtree Cars users are still intending to purchase their next vehicle within the next three months," he said.

Premium vehicles are also experiencing an uptick in searches, with Lexus up 54%, Mercedes-Benz up 32%, Audi up 31%, Land Rover up 30%, and BMW up 25%. 

How to sell a used car

Founder and director of SASS Financial Services Canna Campbell outlined a few tips to get the most 'bang for buck' out of selling a used car.

  1. Research the sale price of similar items already listed – even add them to your Watchlist so that you can keep an eye out for how quickly they sell.
  1. Consider listing as “negotiable” if you want to move an item slightly quicker, but ensure you’ve used [Gumtree's] Instant Car Valuation tool first, so you know if you’re under or overselling.
  1. Details – list as much as you can about the item, especially with extra details and add-ons such as extended warranty, cruise control, sunroof, as this helps give the buyer all the information to help make their decision, without the need to keep asking! Little details like when you purchased it, service history and why you are selling also help to tell that story. 
  1. Photos – upload as many photos as possible to show the details and quality of your item. 
  1. If you’re lucky enough to have a second car sitting in your garage or you’re realising that you don’t need your car and can go without for the time being, find out its value so that you can then decide if it’s worth selling.
  1. Use your proceeds wisely – selling can help bring in some extra cash, so make sure that you have a goal in mind so that the money goes proactively to good use. 

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