Buying privately

You will need to take extra care if you decide not to buy a car from a licensed motor dealer.

If you buy privately:

Check the details on the registration certificate match the:

  • registered owner’s name
  • number plate
  • vehicle identification number (VIN) (or chassis number if the car was made before 1989)
  • engine number.

When you buy privately, make sure:

  • 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 car
  • the car is mechanically sound, by getting an independent inspection from a qualified person.