how to buy a used car australia

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Purchasing a car in Australia is similar to most other countries – you can buy a new car from a dealer or buy a used car from a dealer, auction, or a private individual.
You can check REVS and read tips for buying a vehicle in Australia on the REVS website.
REVS stands for Register of Encumbered Vehicles and will inform you if the seller does not have a clear right to sell the vehicle.
When you buy a car in Australia, you usually need to pay tax on the purchase price – and this is often not added by the seller until after you have bought the car.
No matter how genuine the seller seems, you should check the history of the car to make sure it’s not stolen, encumbered by an outstanding loan, or even a previous write-off.
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Before committing to buying a car privately, ensure that the seller has a current certificate of registration and a safety check report which is no more than one month old.
To carry out an ownership check, the vehicle registration number, engine number and chassis number are generally required.
When buying a used car privately, online or at an auction, check that the person selling the car is free to do so.
Each state and territory has a Register of Encumbered Vehicles or Vehicle Securities Register, which should be checked before buying a used car privately.
The auction house is responsible for ensuring that the car is free to be sold and for providing a completed change of registration form.
In New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia safety certificates are not needed before selling a second-hand car.
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When buying a car in Australia, it’s important to know how the registration (or “Rego” as the Aussie often call it) system works.
In Australia it is the that every car on the road should be registered. In most states, the rego fee will also include a minimum third-party personal insurance, which is compulsory in Australia.
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To run a REVS search, make sure you have the following details: the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the registration number or chassis number and the engine number.
Depending on the state you live in, the safety report of your car may be named differently, for instance in New South Wales it’s called a Safety Check Reportv, in Victoria it’s known as a Vehicle Information packagevi and in Queensland it’s the Safety Certificatevii.
It is important to run a REVS check on the car you intend to buy, as a failure to identify any money owing on the vehicle may render you liable for the debts owed and at worst could result in the repossession of your purchased cariii.
To combat this scam, ask the private seller for the car’s service log book or previous service invoices – they should reveal a recorded history of the used car’s odometer readings.
According to new legislative reforms, in early 2012, REVS will move to the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR), which will enable you to conduct national research on the car you are interested in just by entering your vehicle’s unique serial numberiii.
One relatively simple option is to conduct an nationwide online search at Revscheck.com.au. Alternatively you may be able to conduct a REVS search via your respective state government consumer protection website such as the QLD or NSW Fair Trading sites.
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