People think that it’s daunting to inspect and purchase a used vehicle, but really it’s not that hard. After reading this article, you should be able to make a relatively informed opinion about you vehicle purchase.

After reading this guide, you should be able to make a quick checklist which will help you through a basic inspection. Remember to keep a notepad with you so you can go through the checklist and

1. Basic Exterior

  • Make sure that the car is on level ground before you do anything else. Doing this will give you a good starting point. Check if there’s anything sagging off the car and check the tyres
  • Inspect the paint job very closely. The last thing you want is a car with extensive damage repairs hidden by a paint job. Look for any dents, scratches or rust spots. Look at the paint from end-on to check for any irregularities a waviness. You want to see a smooth finish.


  • Check the trunk. Look under the carpet and in all the nooks and crannies. It should not have any rust, water entry or holes. Furthermore, a worn-looking boot indicates extensive usage.


  • Check the tire tread. Tires should be worn evenly. If not, this could indicate damaged suspension or steering. Uneven tire treads mostly indicate wheel alignment problems.


  • Check the saddle, which is the part which connects the front fenders. See if there’s any sign of tampering with the bolt heads such as scratches. This will indicate that the fenders have been replaced or realigned which only happens after a crash.


  • Bring a flashlight with you. Quickly inspect the underside of the car. Look for dents, scratches and rust. Also look for any dark patches. This is a telltale sign that something is leaking.


  1. Under The Hood
  • Open the bonnet. Look for dents, damage or rust. Check for any dark spots which may indicate leakages. Also, under every bonnet there’s a VIN number. You can cross check the VIN with a Revs check to see if it’s the original part.


  • Check the hoses and belts. They should not have cracks and the radiator hoses should be firm.


  • Remove the oil filler can and check for a foamy residue. If it’s there, the car has a leaking head gasket. Start packing your things and leave.


  • Pull out the dipstick from the transmission. The fluid should be red or pink. If it’s dark or the fluid smells burnt, the car has a problem. Turn the engine on and see if the transmission is full of oil.


  1. Inside the Car
  • Check the upholstery. You know what to do, make sure it looks good.


  • Check if the aircon works


  • Have a look at the odometer. It depends on which type of vehicle, but it’s advised not to buy a vehicle which has over 200,000Ks on it. In most cases. The lower the Km’s are the better.


  • Start the car and look for any warning signals on the electronic displays

  • Check all of the lights and indicators as well as all of the accessories within the car (bluetooth, aux, parking camera, phone connectivity)


  1. The Test Drive

  • You should always test drive the vehicle before purchasing.


  • Do a rapid-deceleration brake test in a safe area. Try going from around 50kmph to a complete stop. You should not feel any vibrations through the brake pedal or hear any abnormal noises.


  • In Automatic vehicles, check for smooth acceleration. If there’s a noticeable hesitation in acceleration at a fairly regular speed interval, than this probably means that there’s a $400-$1500 mechanical problem.


  • At low speeds, take 90’ turns and listen for any sounds and clunks.


With these checks being done, you should have been able to work out your decision on whether or not you wish to purchase the vehicle. If the test is done properly, you either have a great vehicle that you want to buy or a car with some problems that you can pass on or use the problems as leverage to lower the price.

But honestly, some people just aren’t bothered with this process. People are busy and time is valuable in our current society. Knightsbridge Financial Services can carry you through the whole way. We can find you a car, inspect it, finance it and deliver it to you in a relatively short time frame.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss what benefit we can bring to you!


This is a list of the top 5 fastest production cars in the world right now! All of these cars have been built to sell to consumers for personal use and transport on public roads. This means that although drag racing vehicles clock faster times, they’re not allowed on the road, so don’t count. Furthermore, the car has to be fitted with the manufacturer supplied tyres and have to be completely street legal in their intended markets!

So technically, you could got to a dealership, buy one of these cars and be hurtling down the highway at insane speeds without having to do anything extra!

5th – LaFerrari

Coming in as the 5th fastest car on our list is the 2015 LaFerrari. With only 499 of these cars ever produced, it would be extremely rare to see out on the streets. This sleek machine gets up to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds.


4th – Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The SRT Demon is absolutely huge. It was designed as a more powerful version of the current wide-body Challenger.

The 6.2-litre V8 engine as well as a 2.7-litre supercharger throws the Dodge to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds. Although individuals have gotten other cars to accelerate faster, this is the lowest time ever clocked by a manufacturer. As such, they market this vehicle as the fastest production car ever made!


3rd – Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti vehicles were always going to be on this list. They have quickly built themselves a pedigree of ultra-fast cars. In 2010, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport reached a top speed of 431 km/h. Their passion of creating extremely fast machines has not dimmed in the slightest with the Chiron. Putting a heavily updated 8-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine under the bonnet, the Chiron can accelerate to 100km/h in 2.3 seconds.


2nd – Tesla Model S P100D w/ Ludicrous+ Update

This is seriously surprising.This all electric vehicle can accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.28 seconds. Not every Model S P100D can do this though, serious upgrades were given to the standard consumer engine, which was focused on power efficiency and long-distance battery powered driving.

With acceleration this fast and with the technology rapidly advancing, it’ll be extremely interesting to see how this technology can be transferred into motor vehicle racing in the future.


1st – Porche 918 Spyder

Coming in at first place is the Porche 918 Spyder. This lithe and menacing porche can hurtle itself down the tarmac to 100 km/h in 2.2 seconds. Although it has a huge 4.6-litre V8 engine which is very similar to the one used in the Spyder Le Mans Racing Prototype, it also has 2 electric engines which separately provide even more power to the front and back axles.

Knightsbridge Financial Services can help you get the car of your dreams. Financing is a lot cheaper than you’d expect it to be for a prestige vehicle!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can discuss your options and see if we can provide any benefit to you!


Mary Barra is the CEO of General Motors and as of 2017, the 5th most powerful woman in the world. She started at General Motors when she was 18 years old and ascended up the corporate ladder until she became the first female CEO of a major auto-manufacturer.

She is known for her open leadership style and innovative perspective. Most notably, the collaborative way in which she runs her business. Everybody is allowed to pitch ideas and feedback towards certain design concepts and the direction of the company. She also notes that issues do not need to be unanimously agreed upon, because she knows when to step in and make a final decision.

This inclusive and collaborative method of work produces efficient and innovative teams which have kept General Motors at the top of it’s industry for the last few years.

How She Will Crush Tesla

The premise is quite simple really. Barra has announced that General Motors are committed to an electric vehicle portfolio that would not only provide the technology at affordable prices, but also cover a large range of vehicle types in order to appease the consumer market.

Tesla currently produces pioneers electric vehicles which actually lose the company money. The company has recently recorded it’s largest ever quarterly loss.

Mary Barra has disclosed that General Motors pay US$145 per kWh for battery cells and are now aiming at bringing the cost to under US$100 per kWh.

There will be 2 new electric vehicles based on the Bolt’s modular EV platform which are expected to be released to the public in the next 18 months and furthermore, 18 more electric vehicles on new platforms planned for reveal in the next 5 years.

Flooding the market with affordable, electric cars which are accessible by every day consumers will steal a majority of Tesla’s target market. Successful and profitable innovation will only lead to further advancement of that technology and as such, cheaper technology. Tesla has unprofitable products and once GM start to produce electric cars en-masse, Tesla will lose its most fundamental asset, its branding. Their branding helps them to be perceived as innovative and pioneering, but if other companies make better products than them, their credibility is flawed.


The real question is, how does Elon Musk plan to counteract GM and keep Tesla at the front of the electric vehicle industry? Will he start competing with these huge companies to maintain market share? Or will he differentiate the brand and only produce prestige electric vehicles?



“Equipment Commercial Express” is Macquarie Leasing’s new rental product!


This product is ideal for commercial customers seeking an easy and affordable way to have the latest technology and equipment – without tying up valuable working capital.


Assets you can acquire through this loan include;

  • Medical and Dental Equipment
  • Generators, welders, pumps and plumbing equipment
  • Woodworking equipment
  • Workshop equipment (CNC, lasers, machining centres, plastic moulds)
  • iPads and Tablets
  • Office Furniture
  • Security systems
  • Many more items. (Contact us for more details!)


There is criteria however, the main points being that;

  • The max loan amount is $35,000
  • Commercial applicants only
  • New assets only
  • Applicant must be an ABN holder
  • At least one applicant must own property
  • Applicant  will be credit checked


If you are interested and would like to know more information, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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We all get busy. We’re often accumulating new tasks which need to get done, making plans for the future and being distracted by necessities such as registration renewal and bills to pay. All the while, we’re juggling it all simultaneously with full time work.

One simple habit can make life substantially easier. Maintaining a to-do list is not only an efficiency tool, it can make you smarter, help you figure out what’s important and de-clutter the masses of information that you take in every day.


To-Do Lists Make Your Memory Better

Keeping a list of tasks is the same as writing down notes during a lecture or highlighting a book that you’re reading. Many studies have shown that writing down notes helps memory recall and retention of knowledge. It’s the same thing with a to-do list. In order to write a to-do list, you have to mentally manipulate and condense information into a small note which will remind you later.

What this does is mentally differentiate the information from all the other information in your head. Information comes from everywhere. Whether it be the fantastic vietnamese roll place you found on your lunch break or the corporate deal you’re working on. Automatically spending a little bit of extra effort while writing your to-do list will prioritise the information which is truly important.


Turn Large Abstract Goals Into Small Achievable Steps

How can you get the big things done without getting the little things done first? We all have dreams and big goals that we want to achieve. Some people may want a promotion, others may seek financial freedom and some people just want an awesome vehicle (Knightsbridge can help with that).

Achieving these dreams and aspirations are daunting. Especially since the goal is so large and far away that it’s hard to know where to start and begin making progress.

A to-do list solves this problem. How? What it does is turn the large, abstract goal into small, coherent, concrete actions. By planning out what you need to do, other small things you should do becomes apparent because you’ve properly thought of the issue at hand. Even if your overall direction changes, you still will have a better idea of what you have to do simply because of the fact that you’re used to planning things out.


Clearing Out The Fog

Imagine that you’re out bushwalking in a really dense fog. You can only see a few meters around you and as such, can only really focus on the immediate obstacles. You might have a general direction of where you’re going, but you’ll never get on a decisive, direct path and avoid obstacles which don’t need to be dealt with. Keeping a to-do list as a habit will allow you clear the fog, see the direction that you should be moving in and allocates time to deal with the necessary obstacles along the way

There is so much more benefit to keeping a to-do list than just getting the things written down done. Making a habit of keeping a to-do list also gets you into the habit of properly planning ahead, getting the little and important things completed and makes large,  abstract goals a reality.

There are websites and applications which can help you keep a to-do list such as

But I just prefer to use pen and paper.


2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Due to hit Australian roads in July 2018, the Vantage looks extremely promising.

The British manufacturer revealed the details of the vehicle late last year. After a series of fairly similar looking vehicles, they made clear that they were differentiating from the Vantage’s bigger brother, the DB11.

The new design is immediately noticeable. The Vantage’s styling is sleek, lithe and aggressive. The front end is dominated by Aston Martin’s trademark grille, which incorporates a lower splitter and side gills with the intent to further control and utilise airflow and turbulence.

The new design reflects the Vantage’s reported performance. The Vantage is smaller, lighter and more dynamic. This doesn’t mean that the Vantage has lost any power however. A 4.0-litre Twin Turbo V8 puts out a solid 375 Kw and 685 Nm. An eight-speed automatic transaxle drives the rear wheels and has the ability to accelerate the car to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds and hurtle the car to an astonishing 313 km/h.


2018 Ferrari Portofino

The reveal of the Portofino has excited Ferrari fanatics and car enthusiasts. So much so that if you haven’t ordered one by now, you most likely won’t be able to get one in your garage before 2019.

Set for release in late 2018, the Portofino will succeed the Ferrari California. The vehicle sports a decidedly sharper look. A prominent grill, structured bumper and a lower splitter adds aggression to the design.

Ferrari has confirmed that the Portofino will be the first car to feature electric power steering. The Ferrari California’s double wishbone system featuring magnetic dampers will also be carried across to the the Portofino.

The Portofino can go from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and  Ferrari claims that it can reach a top speed of over 320km/h.


2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

Sadly, Holden manufacturers have left Australia. That doesn’t meant that nothing exciting will come from them! Instead of producing the HSV Commodores as they have for the last 30 years, Holden have switched to importing cars and converting them into right-hand drives.

With an expected release within July 2018, there’s alot of hype for the iconic American vehicle being stirred up. It will be exclusively sold at over 60 Holden dealerships around Australia.

“The Camaro 2SS is powered by a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 that produces 340kW of power and 615Nm of torque. It weighs 1671kg, 90kg lighter than its predecessor, and accelerates 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds flat, almost a second faster than the 5.0-litre V8-powered Ford Mustang GT.” –


There’s so many new and fantastic vehicles entering the market. 2018 will be an exciting year for the motor industry.

Through finance, these cars are affordable and Knightsbridge Financial Services aims to help you unlock your dream and get behind the wheel of your dream car.

The new year is the best time to review your business and make effective changes for the year ahead. Simplifying your business is the quickest way to increase profits and the productivity of your workforce! However, the simplifying and streamlining process is often overlooked due to a sense of comfort with current systems. Although extra effort will have to be invested into your business at the start of the year, the time you save by utilising these structural changes will be well worth it.


  1. Utilise New Technology

New technologies and software are constantly being developed to increase workplace efficiency. Many small business owners are unaware of the benefits available to them through technology upgrades.


Use a server. Instead of “daisy chaining” several computers together to share files or asking colleagues email across attachments, using an online server will increase the reliability of your business and allow your staff members to collaborate together easier. Keeping an organised server is like keeping an organised file cabinet. As long as the files are organised and formatted in a system, a server will undoubtedly increase efficiency.


VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is something that has been around for a while, but is just now becoming more accessible to small/medium sized companies. What VoIP does is transfer your telephone system onto your computer and the internet. VoIP call systems can be up to 40% cheaper than a small-office phone system. There are many handy things which can be done through VoIP systems, such as voicemails can now be handled just like computer attachments, which can be dragged, dropped, stored and sent.


  1. Get Your Business Online

81% of shoppers conduct online research before making big purchases. Making sure your business has a functional website is crucial in our current business environment. Online advertising is often a potential client’s first point of contact with your business. It’s important to be able to give the customer as much information as possible in an easily readable format. Fancy graphics and interactive menus are secondary to supplying crucial information to the potential customer. FAQ pages are a brilliant way to answer simple questions from customers and as such, increase confidence in your product or service. The best thing is, you don’t have to be a technology whizz to build a fantastic website. Online website builders such as or allow you to build professional websites and even set up small online stores for affordable prices.


  1. Pay now, not later

Instead of wasting time with paying bills, pay in advance. This is a very simple but beneficial change to your business processes. Paying a bill doesn’t take too long. But paying multiple bills every month consumes more time and effort than necessary. Instead of paying $20 a month, every month, for fixed expenses such as a telephone bill. Pay $120 for 6 months of service in advance and save a lot of time in the process.


  1. Merge Insurance

Understanding your business’ insurance policies is extremely important. However, this can be complicated. Especially when you have multiple insurance policies, from multiple insurance providers which are all due on different dates. Merging your insurance policies to one provider has clear advantages. You will not need to deal with renewals three to four times a year anymore. Also your insurance agent will have a greater understanding of what policies you have and as such, will most likely be able to set up package deals or at least eliminate any overlap between the policies you’re paying for.


  1. Schedule Better

Every employer knows the stresses of organising their staff into a roster. Applications for free time and restrictions to when your employees can work make rostering a nightmare. Use a software program to help your rostering. There are many programs which allow you track employee work hours, analyse future rosters for errors and notify you to special exceptions such as legal limitations and overtime calculations. These software programs start at around $100. Deputy and TimeClock Plus are well rated scheduling software providers.
Knightsbridge Financial Services can help you SIMPLIFY the process of acquiring a new vehicle or new assets for your business. Contact or call 1300 69 02 88

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