Steps for buying a used car

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Find out loads of information about the car you are considering before you buy – and avoid an unwanted surprise.

Buying a used car can be a fun process of searching, researching and chasing down the best deal you can. Sticking to your budget can be tough, and a 'too good to be true' deal can be hard to turn down – but how can you be sure what you are buying?

Buyer beware

Everyone has heard the horror stories. Someone finds their dream car, gives it a once over and all seems to be in order. The seller appears to be trustworthy, the car looks great and the price is right. Then down the track the car starts to have major problems and it eventually comes to light that it was involved in a serious crash and patched up for sale.

This is why getting a Vehicle History Check can be an essential part of any car buying process.

Vehicle registration and history check

A vehicle registration and history check provides helpful and relevant information for people looking to buy a NSW registered vehicle. Some of the main features of the search are that you can find out if the car is recorded as stolen, and the NSW operator history such as the number of previous owners and whether it has been used as a taxi, police car or business vehicle. It will also tell you if the status of registration is current or cancelled, the compulsory third party insurance (CTP), including the expiry dates.

Checking the history of the vehicle will also show if the vehicle is, or has been written-off anywhere within Australia since 2004. If the vehicle has, you'll be able to find out what type of damage occurred (for example, whether collision or water damage).

It makes sense

If you want to get as much information as possible about your next car before you hand over your hard earned cash, consider getting a vehicle registration and history check. The registration check is free and the history check costs $21. It could save you a lot of money and drama in the future.

Another service worth checking out is The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), which can tell you if any money is owed on a vehicle.