Vehicle Purchasing Tips

We want you to end up with a vehicle that you're satisfied with, and there are some steps you can take to ensure the best chance of doing so:

  • Always inspect an asset prior to purchase. If you need to become more experienced in purchasing a vehicle from an auction or need mechanical knowledge, try to bring someone who can advise you or hire someone who does (such as a local mechanic) so that they can give you some pointers.
  • Check the logbook (if available). Defence provides logbooks for some vehicles, and this documentation may give you some indication of the vehicle's history.
  • Read the auction listing. Though a simple step, the Pickles auction listing will provide important information such as the odometer riding and model information.
  • Only bid when you're 100% satisfied. FOMO - fear of missing out - we've all been there. The good news is that many of our vehicles, including Land Rovers, Mack Trucks and Unimogs, are available almost every auction month (generally speaking). This means that if you miss out this month or the next, there's more than likely a vehicle available in the future that's right for you.
  • Chat with the Australian Frontline Machinery or Pickles team. We're always up for a chat and happy to answer any questions, no matter how simple, complex or ridiculous you think they might be. Be assured that many of our customers are first-timers at auctions, and we understand that the process can be daunting. Call Australian Frontline Machinery at +61287961800, Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. To speak to Pickles, check the relevant auction listing for a local auction representative. 
  • You may uncover blanks or rounds in extreme driving conditions or during modification/restoration of ex-military vehicles. Please notify Australian Frontline Machinery by calling 02 8796 1800, taking a photo, and emailing us a brief description. We will respond within 24-48 hours.

How to be successful at auction

  1. Seek Finance Approval propr to bidding (Payment is required within 48 hours)
  2. Inspect Asset Before Bidding (Excluding General Equipment
  3. Choose Transport Provider over personal collection or bring a tray or trailer. (Almost all vehicles require servicing & modification before they are drivable)

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