What would you pay for an AU3 Fairmont Ghia as above? It still has some manufacturer warranty left so I can get any niggly problems sorted out (if any).
Based on past history of these auctions the Fairmont Ghia's seem to go for about $23-25k. They rarely seem to get many bids, with most people paying between $16 and $20k for the Forte's and $20-22k for the Futuras and base Fairmonts.
I've set my limit at $27k and am hoping it is realistic.
Now I'm getting worried! As I got finance approval up to $28,000 ($1k above what I'm willing to pay, so I can pay rego and stamp duty).
One advantage I have is that the auctions up here generally have at most 150 people showing up.
Two months ago, a red AU2 Fairmont Ghia with leather, 20000kms went for $22000. The lower km ones seem to go for around $23k although I have seen a black one which was only a few months old and had under 10,000km go for $25250.
I guess I'll wait and see. If I don't manage to pick this one up under $27k, I'll wait til the next one appears. I'm definitely hoping for a bargain (under $25k).
Why not just get a fairmont, basically the only difference is leather and the VCT motor, which doesnt mean much.
Well there are a few other differences.....
The Ghia has IRS, it is basicly a XR6VCT auto with a nicer interior and a quieter exhaust.
It also has the 6 stacker CD better mags (maybe 17s) and a few other gizmos.
The auto tranny has a more agressive change pattern than the fairmont.
I never traded my AU2 Ghia when I bought the GTP as they only offered me $25k and I thought for that much I would keep it. (It is good for towing the trailer)
Cheap mods for it: XR8 airbox $27, genuine tickford suspension (springs and shockys) $900, Cat back exhaust (make HEAPS of difference) $290
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Either way mate, that's a good price considering the age of the car and it's klm's and being a Ghia,they were pushing $50,000 brand new just remember,if you can afford it I'd say go for it,as long as she is mechanically sound.
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The joys of buying a car in Darwin is you will pay more than southern states prices.
If you buy let me know and I may be able to get some history if it is a NT fleet car.
More? I was just explaining how people are paying substantially less, in Darwin, for Fairmont Ghias.
The market here for a car like that is very small. Most of them are from the NT University (the Deans are provided with a Fairmont Ghia).
I really don't think its true that you'll pay more in Darwin, in general. The total market here is much smaller, and it can take 3 months to sell most cars (it took us that long to sell a '98 RAV4 low kms @ $14k). Most people give in and sell for a price much below what they were expecting/advertising for.
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