Attipas Shoes For Your Baby

Monday, October 28, 2019

I am so excited! Finally, I have found where to buy the shoes I have been wanting to get for Darla. Thanks to my dear friend sis Che for posting on FB. The minute I saw it, I just had to check out their website.

I can't wait to have them delivered on our doorsteps. Parcels always make me happy but what makes me happier about this particular online shopping is that Attipas Australia gave me a great deal and huge discount.

Attipas Australia is being very generous. First, you can get your 10% discount on your first time purchase! Just use this code when you checkout. Or you could buy two now and get the other one for free - but you won't be able to use the 10% discount here. And as if that's not good enough, they have afterpay too! Triple happiness!

Seriously, they have so many cute designs it took me a while to choose. I ended up picking up these two:
This is Attipas Ballet because Darla loves to ballet like her idol Emma Wiggles :)

And Attipas Sneakers in pink for everyday casual walking

Read More

Things I Should Have Known When I Bought A Car

Friday, October 11, 2019

Hello new car - thanks be to God!

First of all, a disclaimer: I am not an expert on these transactions. In fact, I am totally clueless about a lot of things in relation to a car. When my husband and I purchased our first car back in 2014, the only consideration I had in mind was the colour: it had to be red and brand new. All the other factors: type, model, engine, etc. etc. were my husband’s call.

Oh, I forgot to add, the budget was my call too of course hehehe. Someone’s gotta restrict that or we’ll go broke (not that we aren’t already 😂). But that’s not what this post is about.

Anyway, after 5 years, we have decided to get a new car. The family’s growing plus we have my brother and sis-in-law with us so we needed a 7-seater car. This time around, that was my only consideration: it has to be 7-seater (oh and budget of course).

Goodbye old car - thank you for serving us well...

After scouting for which car to get, my husband found the car for us. It was a 2018 Blue Sorento UM Station Wagon. If we are talking face to face now, I wouldn’t know how to say that. I’d probably just say, oh, it’s a 7-seater Kia that’s midnight blue in colour – it glistens when you look at it closely (totally useless info hey). I just happen to be looking at the registration transfer receipt now so I was able to describe the car type in detail.

Which brings us to the main topic:

You need to transfer the registration of the vehicle under your name after the purchase

A lot of people probably know that and say that’s basic, how can you not know. I just didn’t know ok, I thought all these things will be processed by the seller and that after the purchase we’ll just drive our merry way – So now I am telling this story so people who are uninformed like me would be spared the late payment surcharge of $121. Imagine so many other things I could have bought with the money! But then again, if this didn’t happen I wouldn’t spend the $121 on “random” things anyway hahaha.

Anyway, I’m laughing now but I’m still hurting from the surcharge 😝

So remember, as soon as the purchase has been closed, there is 14 days period to have the registration transferred to your name. In our case, because we were unaware, a letter from RMS NSW came advising that we need to transfer our vehicle registration asap.

Good news is that this could all be done online through this link with Service NSW. You will need a MyServiceNSW online account but you can always register if you don’t have one yet.

There is a minimal transfer fee but basically this payment is for stamp duty that’s 3% of the purchase price of the car. If your car is over $45,000 you might have to pay 5% on the amount over $45,000. I didn’t explore this as this didn’t apply to my case.

Once you have logged online, the details of the car you have purchased is already there so all you need to do is make sure it’s ticked and then click Continue. However, if this option is not available, you might need to type in the NSW Registration Plate Number.

If the car details are not appearing, also check if the previous owner of the car have submitted a Notice of Disposal. If they haven’t yet, you can still transfer the registration except that you’ll have to go your nearest service centre.

Remember, there’s only 14 days after purchase to do this! :)

Some other things I have learned from this experience

While we’re on the topic of cars, I might as well add in the other things that I have learned from this experience.

When we purchased our first car, we didn’t know that there’s supposed to be a build plate and compliance plate attached to the car. Usually, these plates are located on the passenger side of the car. They look like stickers with date details and serial numbers. So why are these important?

Before we got the Kia Sorento, we were also looking to buy this Kia Carnival from Subaru Narellan. We told the dealer that we were going to trade in our Hyundai Elantra SE and that’s when we found out about the build and compliance plates.

The dealer said that without these plates, the highest value he could assign to our car was $3000, a ridiculous understatement of its market value which should be around $8k at least. So I went back to our original dealer with the Hyundai Elantra SE.

Now I don’t wish to disclose here which dealer that was but they gave me a HARD time trying to get the information we needed. Subaru Narellan said we could request for a written report as they should know what dates the build and compliance were. But when I called the customer service for the Hyundai Elantra SE, I was greeted by a very bored and grouchy receptionist who advised that “there is no legal requirement for them to provide it anyway.” The lady was a pain and not the least bit helpful at all.

After more than half a day of chasing people I have finally got what I wanted. It turned out that just recently, car dealers are using the build date when pricing a car so it’s important to have this confirmed. If the build and compliance plates are intact in your car, then that’s less of a trouble when you need to trade in your car.

We ended up with another car anyway but suppose it was an urgent requirement, losing these plates could have a big impact on your transactions so it's best to be prepared.

Darla exploring the new car with Tita Rizza

More about Build and Compliance Plates

Sometimes the dates of the build and compliance certification would cross over different years, for example, a car was certified to be built on December 2018 but only passed the compliance tests on January 2019. In this case, the car would be treated as a 2018 car. See the difference there? This would definitely affect the market value of your car. Lucky, this wasn’t the case in ours. Both build and compliance dates were in 2014 so there wasn’t any issue after we got the info.

Anyway, I can tell there’s more than these that one needs to know when buying a car but so far we’ve got a good deal and that’s all that matters to me now. We all fit in the car now, it’s economical to use and we didn’t have to adjust too much in terms of budget.

I would love to know what other tips are out there so if you’re reading this and you have one, please be my guest and leave a comment :) I would greatly appreciate it!

Signing out
Jenn 💖
xx

Read More