News & Updates - 2014

2014 Festive Season Opening Hours

posted on 22/12/2014 at 12:00pm

We're open for business as usual during the holiday period, except for public holidays. Check out festive season opening hours.


Buy smarter this summer and snag a bargain!

posted on 04/12/2014 at 3:15pm

Thinking about purchasing a new car? Your best chance to pick up a bargain has arrived. Discover what makes December and January one of the best times of the year to buy.


stratton Car of the Year

posted on 04/12/2014 at 12:00pm

We're crowning the 'stratton Car of the Year' award to the best new car release of 2014 – it's a people's choice award so we need your help! Check out our candidates and have your say by letting us know your favourite.


The Future of Car Connectivity

posted on 04/12/2014 at 10:40am

Car connectivity technology such as sat-nav, in-car internet access, and infotainment systems, are playing a greater role in the decision-making process when purchasing a new car. Find out what we can expect from emerging technology and why manufacturers are falling over themselves to kit out cars with as many apps and gadgets as they can.


The Paris Motor Show

posted on 12/11/2014 at 3:00pm

Last month's Paris Motor Show was a key event on the international motoring calendar. Here are some of the top debutants that get our "Oui!"


The stratton Guide to Refinancing

posted on 12/11/2014 at 3:00pm

Refinancing your loan can be a great way to handle a lump sum due on a Balloon Payment or Residual Value, but if you thought refinancing was only for those at the end of their loan - think again!


New Car Releases for 2015

posted on 12/11/2014 at 3:00pm

If you don't want to be tempted, look away now.

Next year is jam-packed with dazzling releases for every taste - amazing new tech, stunning sports cars, stylish sedans, ultra-efficient hybrids, funky and affordable micro-SUVs, new seven seaters, and the next gen Toyota HiLux.


Top SUV Releases for 2014

posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:50pm

As car buyers now face more SUV options than ever - we took the time to find the cream of the crop so here is our picks for the top SUV releases of 2014.


What Car Should You Drive?

posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered what the car you drive says about you? Most of us choose cars to match the image we want to project, but are you making the right decision? Here is our light-hearted look at what car should you drive.


Commercial Car Finance: Tax Benefits & Obligations

posted on 07/10/2014 at 9:45am

Understand the differences between a Finance Lease, Chattel Mortgage, Commercial Hire Purchase and Novated Lease and their tax benefits and obligations.


Why it pays to do your homework before buying a car

posted on 16/09/2014 at 3:00pm

Doing your homework when it comes to buying a car can save you thousands. This guide points you to some of the best resources on the web to help you make the best decision.


Coming Soon: The Tesla Model S!

posted on 16/09/2014 at 12:20pm

Just over 100 years since the motor car first took off as a luxury mode of transport; Tesla's new electric supercar has sparked a new revolution in car cool and vehicle lust. Check out our in-depth review of the Model S electric vehicle ahead of its official release.


Demystifying Insurance Pt. 3 – Comprehensive Insurance

posted on 16/09/2014 at 9:45am

How well do you understand comprehensive insurance policies? Discover things you might not have known with part three of Rob Chaloner's guide to demystifying insurance.



posted on 08/09/2014 at 1:30pm

We went searching for Australia's Biggest Smart Ass and we were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity! You really got us in a flap with all your egg-cellent entries! And the lucky winner of the Toyota 86 is...


Smarter Finance Checklist

posted on 4/08/2014 at 9:30am

Looking for car finance but unsure about what's involved? Our smarter finance checklist will help you navigate potential pitfalls, make smarter choices and ultimately get a better deal.


Electric Cars 101

posted on 4/08/2014 at 8:25am

The much anticipated arrival of Tesla Motors' Model S is imminent. In celebration, we take a look at the pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle in Australia.


Financing Smarter with Balloons & Residual Values

posted on 16/07/2014 at 4:52pm

Could vehicle finance be more manageable for you? Our guide to financing smarter with Balloon and Residual Values details how you can make them work in your favour, reducing monthly repayments and freeing up cash flow.


State of the Australian Car Market

posted on 16/07/2014 at 1:35pm

It's hard to believe we're over halfway through the year already! As the dust settles from the manic end of financial year, Rob Chaloner takes a look at new legislation affecting motorists, and what's hot in the sales charts.


Dragging you off at the lights soon - the 2015 Toyota 86!

posted on 16/07/2014 at 11:06am

Australia's favourite sports car, the Toyota 86, is about to get its first update since it debuted. The new 86 will be sharper, stiffer and pack better handling. Check out our full review of the 2015 Toyota 86.


Simply Smarter Car Tips - Competition Winners

posted on 11/07/2014 at 2:00pm

Check out our list of ingenious car advice as shared by you in our recent competition, 'Simply Smarter Car Tips'. We had three $100 Supercheap Auto gift cards up for grabs - find out if you were one of the lucky winners!


Smart Ass Challenge - WIN a Toyota 86!

posted on 07/07/2014 at 12:00pm

IT'S BAAACK! The Smart Ass Challenge is back for another year only this time it's bigger, better and SMARTER! We've got Australia's best-selling sports car, the Toyota 86, valued at over $30,000 up for grabs to whoever can best prove their smarts. Find out how you can be in the running to win.


stratton & carsales: A Winning Team

posted on 01/07/2014 at 10:30am

stratton is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Ltd, Australia's number one automotive classified business.


2014 Queen's Birthday Weekend Opening Hours

posted on 06/06/2014 at 1:30pm

From everyone at stratton, we hope you enjoy the Queen's Birthday long weekend! Check out our opening hours and our greeting to you featuring none other than D-Man, Big Andy and the Mattinator!


TV & Movie Car Awards - Competition Winners

posted on 06/06/2014 at 11:00am

The lucky winners of our recent 'TV & Movie Car Awards' competition have been announced. Find out if you're one of them.


10 Reasons To Buy A Car This June

posted on 04/06/2014 at 4:52pm

It's not very often you see economic and market factors so perfectly aligned. As we near the end of financial year, we believe June 2014 offers an extremely rare opportunity to pick up a new or used car at historically low prices.


Understanding Your Credit Report

posted on 04/06/2014 at 1:35pm

How much do you know about your credit report? If you're planning on taking out a loan for that dream car this end of financial year, it's important to understand credit reporting and what it includes as it can make or break your application.


2014 Volkswagen Golf R Review

posted on 04/06/2014 at 11:06am

Volkswagen's hottest hatch, the Golf R, just got even hotter! It's the fastest, most powerful Golf in history and it's about to unleash in dealerships this June. Check out our review of Volkswagen's flagship performance vehicle.


Are you ready for End of Financial Year?

posted on 14/05/2014 at 3:10pm

Maximise your return by getting all your car information ready for tax time. If you are not currently up-to-date, don't worry, we've got the tips you need to ensure the best possible results and to avoid tax time stress!


Demystifying Insurance - Part 2

posted on 14/05/2014 at 1:35pm

Confused about the difference between Comprehensive and Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance? Don't worry, you're not alone. Be sure to check out part two of our guide to demystifying insurance.


Top 10 TV & Movie Cars of All Time

posted on 14/05/2014 at 10:45am

And the winner is... We nominate our top 10 greatest TV and movie cars of all time. You might be surprised with the final list.


2014 Easter Holiday Period Opening Hours

posted on 17/04/2014 at 3:30pm

From everyone at stratton, we hope you have a safe and happy Easter! Check out our Easter greeting to you featuring none other than D-Man, Big Andy and the Mattinator!


Need For Speed Competition Winners

posted on 09/04/2014 at 10:00am

The lucky winners of our recent Need For Speed competition have been announced. Find out if you're one of them.


Hit the road in a new car while interest rates are still low

posted on 04/04/2014 at 3:17pm

Interest rates and the Australian dollar are two key economic factors influencing the cost of your new car, and the good news is right now they are both perfect for car buyers. Discover how you can take advantage of the current economic climate to buy your dream car.


It's official: Australia's favourite ride is... Toyota

posted on 04/04/2014 at 12:35pm

Toyota may not provoke the same emotional reaction as a Holden or a Ford, however a strong reputation for quality, practicality, and durability keeps Toyota on top of today's Australian car market. Find out why Aussies buy more Toyotas than any other brand.


How to keep the kids amused in the car this Easter

posted on 04/04/2014 at 11:10am

Gone are the days when the humble crayon could keep a kid occupied for hours in the back seat - now we've got state-of-the-art mobile gadgets to forestall the inevitable, "Are we there yet?" Check out our shortlist of electronic devices that will help put a lid on backseat boredom and keep parents sane!


NCCP: One Law, Many Exemptions

posted on 06/03/2014 at 4:45pm

When the National Consumer Credit Protection (NCCP) Act first came into effect in 1 July 2010, it was hailed as sweeping reform, the shining light for consumer protection.

Now over three years on and it appears this protection only covers us some of the time. stratton's Founder & Managing Director, Rob Chaloner, looks at the problem with the NCCP Act as it stands and why the law designed to protect consumers is failing.


Important Changes To Your Credit Report

posted on 06/03/2014 at 12:10pm

Your credit report will play a vital role in your ability to own your own home or buy your dream car so it is important you understand the new information that will appear on your credit report from March 12.

Be sure to take the time to familiarise yourself with the upcoming changes and see our handy tips for ensuring a healthy credit report.


New Subaru WRX

posted on 06/03/2014 at 11:10am

The new fourth-generation Subaru WRX is due to hit dealerships later this month. Touted as the fastest-ever 'Rex' with superior handling and clocking 0-100km/h in a touch over 5 seconds, you would expect performance car enthusiasts to be champing at the bit, right? ...well, this hasn't exactly been the case.


Marine Finance

posted on 19/02/2014 at 4:33pm

There is plenty of summer left in Australia with more hot weather on the way, so get out and make the most of it in a new boat or Jet Ski with marine finance from stratton. Find out about the complete range of marine and fun terrain-based products we can finance.


Driverless Car Technology

posted on 19/02/2014 at 3:12pm

Imagine driving to work whilst reading the newspaper and eating your breakfast - without even needing to steer! It will soon be a reality. You might be surprised at the range of technology we use now, that could be paving the way to the completely driverless car.


Demystifying Insurance - Part 1

posted on 19/02/2014 at 12:30pm

We all know Compulsory Third Party Insurance is just that – compulsory, but did you know there are other insurance products designed to help protect your investment? Check out part one of our no-jargon guide, 'Demystifying Insurance'.


Cars that will be big in 2014

posted on 19/02/2014 at 11:46am

It's shaping up to be another huge year for new car releases. We take a look at a few in particular we think will be topping the sales charts in 2014.


2013 Automotive Industry Review: The Year That Was

posted on 14/02/2014 at 9:15am

If you had to describe the Australian automotive industry in 2013 in one word, that word would be tumultuous, but even that won't do it justice. Catch our market review from stratton Founder and Managing Director, Rob Chaloner.


'stratton's Summer Road Trip' Competition Winner

posted on 13/02/2014 at 12:00pm

Our major competition, 'stratton's Summer Road Trip', which ran throughout December and January has now concluded and we have drawn our lucky winner...


End of an Era: Toyota to cease manufacturing in Australia by 2017

posted on 12/02/2014 at 3:00pm

Toyota has announced its long-expected decision to end local production by 2017.


Q & A with Rob Chaloner

posted on 30/01/2014 at 10:53am

Catch an interview with stratton's Managing Director, Rob Chaloner, detailing the company's growth to date and what's next for the simply smarter finance providers.


Buying A New Car In 2014? You Must Read This First!

posted on 09/01/2014 at 4:52pm

Understand the car buying process and know your options before tackling the dealerships. We give you tips to ensure you've got the bargaining power to get a great deal on your new car.


Rolls-Royce Wraith Review

posted on 09/01/2014 at 11:06am

The Rolls-Royce Wraith - Crazy price tag, crazy bespoke opportunities. Is it overkill, or just how the other half lives?


Business Focus: Making A Fresh Start In 2014

posted on 09/01/2014 at 9:12am

Are you outgrowing your office or putting up with outdated equipment and technology? It's time to make a fresh start for your business in 2014 and get it running to its full potential.