News & Updates - 2008

Merry Christmas!

posted on 24/12/2008 at 10:01am

From all of the team at stratton, have a very Merry Christmas and a safe & happy New Year! It's been another successful year at stratton and we'd like to take the opportunity to say thanks to all our customers, suppliers, staff and supporters!

Please note that we will be open throughout the holiday period with the exception of weekends and public holidays:

Wed, 24/12/2008: 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thu, 25/12/2008: Closed (Christmas Day)
Fri, 26/12/2008: Closed (Boxing Day)
Sat, 27/12/2008: Closed
Sun, 28/12/2008: Closed
Mon, 29/12/2008: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tue, 30/12/2008: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Wed, 31/12/2008: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Thu, 01/01/2009: Closed (New Years Day)
Fri, 02/01/2009: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Sat, 03/01/2009: Closed
Sun, 04/01/2009: Closed

Normal hours of operation (8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday - Saturday) resume on Monday, 5th of January, 2009.

stratton talks to The Australian Financial Review

posted on 18/11/2008 at 2:19pm

Rob Chaloner, Managing Director of stratton, is quoted in today's edition of The Australian Financial Review. The article entitled "Drive for finance assistance accelerates" takes a closer look at the current finance needs of the Australian car industry.

As a result of recent announcements that financiers GE and GMAC will shortly exit the motor vehicle business in Australia, Chaloner said that more than 100 dealers had enquired about wholesale financing with stratton. "The phone is ringing all the time. We're currently working with dealerships looking to refinance their floorplan arrangements, and assisting them to secure retail contracts for customers purchasing cars. We can finance up to 85% of a car dealer's current assets - often without directors' guarantees," said Chaloner from Melbourne today.

The full article is available to afr.com subscribers here.

Car dealers looking for information regarding stratton's retail and wholesale finance services can click here to find out more our about Car Dealer Finance Services.

stratton confirms wholesale and retail finance availability for car dealers

posted on 14/11/2008 at 5:26pm

stratton today confirmed the availability of wholesale and retail finance for car dealers. Managing Director Rob Chaloner reassured dealers that stratton will continue to offer retail and wholesale finance solutions to qualified dealerships.

Read our updated information for car dealers, or click here to read the media release.

stratton on ABC's Inside Business

posted on 10/11/2008 at 3:25pm

Rob Chaloner, Managing Director of stratton, appeared on ABC's Inside Business on Sunday 9 November.

Despite the recent announcements that financiers GE and GMAC will shortly exit the motor vehicle business in Australia, Chaloner confirmed that stratton is currently working with dealerships requiring commercial finance facilities and looking to refinance their floorplan arrangements, and assisting them to secure retail contracts for customers purchasing cars.

View a video of the story below, courtesy of ABC's Inside Business:

You can also watch the video on YouTube.

Dealerships looking for information regarding stratton's retail and wholesale finance services can click here to find out more our about Car Dealer Services.

Finance FOCUS: Protecting Your Cash, Your Credit and Yourself

posted on 05/11/2008 at 8:46am

The November edition of Finance FOCUS is out.

It covers a range of topics, including the things you should look out for when comparing finance brokers, how to protect your identity and your credit rating, and why Equipment Finance makes sense for businesses. We also briefly re-visit Luxury Car Tax to update you on the final structure of the Government's LCT legislation now that it has passed the Senate.

Check out the latest issue of Finance FOCUS today.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

stratton buys Lowest Rates

posted on 16/10/2008 at 4:00pm

stratton is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Sydney-based Finance Plan, including the Lowest Rates business. Despite current economic uncertainty, stratton continues to experience positive growth.

All management, staff and premises have been retained, and both stratton and Lowest Rates customers can be confident that their current financial arrangements remain unchanged.

Click here to read the media release, or you can download the PDF.

Finance FOCUS: Interest Rates - More than meets the eye?

posted on 15/09/2008 at 10:58am

This month in Finance FOCUS we're taking a look at the factors that affect the timing of a car purchase, including interest rates, as well as what you should consider when buying an environmentally friendly car.

Check out the latest issue of Finance FOCUS today.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

stratton partners with drive.com.au

posted on 13/08/2008 at 12:15pm

stratton this month launched a brand new finance partnership with drive.com.au.

drive.com.au is one of Australia's leading, independent automotive sites. As well as displaying a large range of new and used car listings, including dealer and private sales, drive.com.au also features quality motoring content from highly regarded printed publications such as The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Rob Chaloner, Managing Director of stratton, said that stratton was pleased to be able to offer market leading online tools and calculators to drive.com.au visitors, assisting them with the purchase of vehicles that fit their lifestyles and personal circumstances.

"Our partnership with drive.com.au is part of our commitment to simplifying the car finance and vehicle purchase process for car buyers nationally," said Chaloner. "Buying a car is a significant purchase for most of us - for many people it's the first sizeable purchase they make. It's important to have access to accurate information and objective advice before you make a contractual commitment."

"We want to see people living their lifestyle goals and driving a car they enjoy. We also want to make sure that they're financing effectively according to their levels of income, tax and commitments. Teaming up with drive.com.au allows us to help car buyers with these decisions and create appropriate purchase and finance expectations much earlier in the process."

stratton's drive.com.au finance centre provides car buyers with easy access to quick online finance quotes, instant online approvals and car repayment calculators, as well as information about personal and business finance options.

Click here to see the new finance centre, and choose from over 65,000 new and used vehicles for sale.

Finance FOCUS: Stamp Duty - A Buyer's Guide

posted on 13/08/2008 at 9:32am

Stamp duty, motor vehicle duty, vehicle registration duty - whatever we call it, for many of us it's just another tax. The fact that this particular type of tax is administered at state level makes it even more complex to keep track of.

Check out the latest issue of Finance FOCUS and read our Buyer's Guide to Stamp Duty, where we take a closer look at motor vehicle stamp duty and work out what it means to your pocket.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

Finance FOCUS: Luxury Car Tax - What You Need To Know

posted on 18/07/2008 at 5:21pm

Luxury Car Tax (LCT) is all the Australian automotive industry - and many potential car buyers - can talk about since Treasurer Wayne Swann announced moments before the Federal Budget that the tax would increase from 25% to 33%.

Check out the latest issue of Finance FOCUS and find out what Luxury Car Tax is, what it means for car buyers and how much it adds to the purchase price of a car.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

Finance FOCUS: Trouble-free Tax!

posted on 13/06/2008 at 9:31am

Ahead of the fast-approaching end of Financial Year, tax is the word on everyone's lips. Tax reduction is a year-round exercise, but if you're embarking on the annual hunt for receipts there are still steps you can take today.

Check out the latest issue of Finance FOCUS and read our Tax Time Checklist for some handy hints to help ease the tax squeeze this financial year.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

Finance FOCUS: Top Tips to Help Tighten Your Budget

posted on 08/05/2008 at 7:06pm

Hot off the press, a new issue of Finance FOCUS has just been released.

Talk of the rising cost of living, mortgage uncertainty and investor pain is in the news on a daily basis. This month Finance FOCUS covers a variety of ways to save your cash, by protecting your car's resale value, reducing your fuel costs and decreasing your tax through negative gearing.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

New staff appointment

posted on 05/05/2008 at 11:24am

We'd like to welcome the newest member of our team, Jennifer Greig.

Jennifer joins stratton's fast growing insurance division as an Insurance Consultant, assisting our clients with the wide range of insurance services that we offer.

Finance FOCUS: Home Loan Rates & Understanding Gap Insurance

posted on 02/04/2008 at 9:42pm

The first edition of Finance FOCUS for 2008 is out.

Topics covered include some commentary on the current home loan interest rate situation, understanding Gap Insurance, and a look at some of the useful car finance calculators & tools on this website.

Click here to read it now, or click here to subscribe.

Easter Opening Hours

posted on 18/03/2008 at 3:54pm

stratton's offices will be closed over the Easter long weekend to give all of our staff a well deserved break! We close at 5.30pm on Thursday, 20th of March, and will be re-opening at 8.30am on Tuesday, 25th of March.

From everyone at stratton, we hope you have a safe and happy Easter!

New additions to our team

posted on 03/03/2008 at 4:19pm

We've been happy to welcome some new additions to our team in South Melbourne over the past few weeks: Eric Collins, Rohan Barclay, Stephen Perrott, Stephen Johns, Joe Codespoti, Sam Korban and Gabriel Schwarz.

Rohan is our new settlements team leader, while Eric, Stephen, Stephen, Joe, Sam & Gabriel join our ever-growing team of finance consultants.

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