The Process

This special order process is designed to be the fairest and most affordable way for you to own a quality-assured EV. We've opened up our bulk-buy process to you as an individual and is an opportunity for you if you've missed out on a bulk-buy, stock item, or if you can't wait for your local area bulk-buy.

Hundreds of bulk-buy participants have used this method and are now quietly going about their business, emissions free.

It is a little different to a normal car purchase, so we'll explain below.

At the end of the page, you'll find a link to our latest pricing and vehicle specs where you can place an order.

 

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Learn

While we do want you to buy a Good Car, we'd be just as happy if you bought a good bike or good shoes. The goal here is to reduce your emissions. For those times you do drive, we offer you the option to drive electric.

First and foremost, we want you to help you to make a well-informed decision. We want to ensure that the car you choose will meet your needs, and we aren't interested in up-selling to something excessive. If you get stuck or would like someone to speak with, please get in touch (info@goodcar.co or 03 6121 4624).

Range needs are a key consideration for deciding which EV model to choose. Consider how far you need to drive on a daily basis, then give yourself a buffer to allow enough range to meet the additional trips you might need to do.

If most of your driving will only require a small battery, but you do take infrequent longer trips, you could consider setting aside a small holiday fund used to rent a car, or you could set up a car share with a neighbor or friend.

You will find a great range of videos and information here.

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Decide and Commit

Once you've decided on your range needs, click here and select the vehicle of your choice. Once you've completed your details, we will send you:

  1. A contract, directly from our document management software "HelloSign"
  2. A Milestone 1 invoice, directly from our accounting software "Xero"

Our contract is for us to be your Import Agent to import you a car. It sets out that we have permission to do all the steps to bring you a car from overseas.  The contract also sets out an arrangement whereby we reimburse you if we purchase a car cheaper at auction.  If we save on the “car price FOB” then we reimburse you in Milestone 2. This is your reward for putting your money into buying the car.

Your milestone 1 invoice covers the maximum forecast cost of your car at auction, plus some freight charges.  This amounts to roughly ⅔ of the total delivered-car price.  The reason we do this is that we are a small social enterprise that doesn't have a lot of money to buy cars in advance of selling them. Asking you to pay upfront for vehicle cost is the only way we can empower communities to take the rapid action required to decarbonise.

If you want to take a deep dive into the detail of the agreement, check out our Disclosure document (covers topics like the vehicle trim) and the Warranty documents.

Once you've signed your contract and paid your invoice, we will start scouring the world for a car that meets our stringent quality standards.

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Buy

We buy cars from vehicle auctions overseas. We really believe in honesty and integrity, so we do more thorough checks than most. We have stringent battery and mechanic quality requirements and we inspect each car individually before deciding to buy one. When we find the perfect car for you, we place a bid and wait to hear the good news.

Congratulations - your car is on the way! We send you photographs and all the details so you can show it off to your friends and family. Details include the Vehicle Identification Number - your car's unique ID number. Once you get the car details, you can still opt-out - just let us know as soon as you can.

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Shipping

Amongst a raft of bureaucracy, we arrange to ship your car to Australia and get it delivered through customs.  We also:

  • Thoroughly clean the vehicle inside and out

  • Upgrade the dashboard and vehicle headset from Japanese to English

  • Buy and provide an Australian compliant car charger (240V/10A)

  • Keep you updated with email updates along the way

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Milestone 2

This is your second and final invoice from us.

It will cover local trucking, compliance, service fees, roadworthy inspections, quality assurance checks etc.

There may also be a reimbursement. This is because sometimes we buy cars cheaper at auction overseas than the maximum contract price we quoted. If we save this money, you get this back in full, as credit against your milestone 2 invoice.

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Delivery

We arrange for the car to be trucked to your local area. We try not to increase pricing but if you live in a regional area, we may have to add a delivery charge - we only do this if we really have to and we do not apply an additional charge.

The car will be inspected by a local mechanic who will provide a roadworthy certificate, required for you to register your car. 

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Handover

Now it's over to you!  Your local mechanic will call you to arrange a time for collection. Organize your insurance and then you'll need to take your car for registration, fill in some paperwork and pay for registration and stamp duty, if applicable in your state. More and more states are offering incentives for EV owners, so search the inter-web and see how your state government is incentivising the clean-transport revolution. We'll provide an email with state-specific details closer to the handover.

You can then drive away, emissions-free!

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How long does this all take?

It takes about 3.5 months from when we buy your car to when we get it to you. We aim to deliver in a shorter time than this, but it is a long supply chain, and sometimes there can be delays (think COVID, government departments). If delays occur, we will keep you updated, and we will be working as hard as we can to get you your car as fast as possible.

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Ready to go?

If you're ready to place an order, click below.

If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, please contact us via email: info@goodcar.co.

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Change of plans?

If this is not for you, we often have cars available, so regularly check out our car-list here. As soon as you see the one you want, be quick to get in touch.

If you have any questions, we're here: info@goodcar.co T: 03 6121 4624.