You will need to take extra care if you decide not to buy a car from a licensed motor dealer.
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 does not have to give you a certificate from the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)
- the seller is not bound by the same laws as licensed motor dealers
- you cannot access the compensation claim fund if anything goes wrong.
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.