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31 July 2017
Buying a used car

You might save a few dollars if you buy from a private seller, but there are more risks than buying from a licensed car dealer.

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Checklist – before you buy:

  • Set a price limit you can afford. Allow for stamp duty, transfer fees, registration and insurance.
  • Take your time. Don’t be rushed or pressured.
  • Shop around for the best deal.
  • Have the car checked by a qualified independent mechanic before you buy
  • Don’t sign anything until you’re sure the car is okay and you really want to buy it
  • When you buy a car it will need to be registered in your name.

If you buy from a car dealer:

  • Understand your rights and the dealer’s obligations
  • Check what is covered by the warranty
  • Inspect the white display sheet on the car
  • Have everything you negotiate with the dealer in writing
  • Check the dealer’s licence is up to date

If you buy privately:

  • Is the seller the registered owner? If not, is there a genuine reason?
  • Check that the car hasn’t been stolen, flood damaged or written off, and that no money is owed on the car. Visit the Personal Property Securities Register

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