We’ve recently dug into the deep dark and scary car ownership history of the entire EFTM team here – and as if to follow on from that Gumtree Cars has just released a whole stack of data about our car-buying habits.
The data comes out as Gumtree Cars announces a partnership and ambassadorial role for race driver and TV guy Grant Denyer.
We popped out to Sydney Motorsport Park for the launch, and some skid-pan action of course.
But, that was just a distraction from the real story.
Australia’s top ten first cars are nothing short of boring – as you’d kinda hope for a young person getting out on the road for the first time:
- Toyota Corolla
- Holden Commodore
- Ford Falcon
- Toyota Camry
- Nissan Pulsar
- Holden Gemini
- Ford Laser
- Holden Torana
- Ford Escort
- Mazda 3/323
In researching this, Gumtree Cars – who through this process make it clear they are aiming to be a clear #1 in terms of where Aussies search for cars – found out a whole lot more too.
That first car – it’s purchased within a year of getting your P’s in more than three quarters of cases.
For almost a quarter of them – it’s before they even get their P’s!
Most commonly that first car is bought from a dealer (41%) while the rest are either private sale (31%) or from a family member or friend (21%)
Unsurprisingly, 82% were second hand.
The fun thing about a site like Gumtree is the data they have on what we’re searching for.
Aussies – we’re looking for SUVs. 42% of searches. Followed by UTEs (Hilux etc) 19%, Small cars and medium cars follow that.
So next time you’re searching Gumtree for a car – be warned, Denyer’s going to be in your face:)
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.