If you decide not to buy a car from a licensed dealer, take extra precautions.
Remember that if you buy privately:
- you are not entitled to the normal protection of the cooling-off period
- you will not get a statutory warranty
- the seller is not obliged to give you a PPSR certificate
- the seller is not bound by the same laws and Code of Conduct as licensed dealers
you cannot access the compensation claim fund if anything goes wrong.
When you buy privately, make sure:
- the registered owner´s name, the registration number plate, the vehicle identification number (VIN) (or chassis number if car was made before 1989), the engine number and any other details correspond exactly with the information on the registration certificate
- the seller is the registered owner by comparing the current registration certificate with the seller´s driver´s licence
- the car is not stolen by contacting your local police station and giving them the VIN number, registration number and engine number
- the car (if registered) has a current safety certificate
- you get a PPSR certificate to make sure there is no money owing on the vehicle
- the car is mechanically sound by getting an independent inspection from a qualified person.
Last reviewed 30/01/2012