You’re considering buying a second hand car. Before you hand over your hard earned cash, here are three checks you should carry out to ensure you’re not getting more than you bargained for.
Rego check: It’s a good idea to check a vehicles registration details, including registration expiry date, Compulsory Third Party insurer and policy expiry date, whether the registration is suspended or cancelled, any registration restrictions any registration concessions (additional charges may apply upon transfer to a new owner).
Finance check: If you unwittingly buy a vehicle with money owing against it, you’ll inherit the debt or – when the finance company repossesses it to recoup its losses – lose your car completely.
Vehicle history check: You want your car to be safe. That’s the most important thing. So it’s important to know if the car you’re looking at has ever been written-off, flood damaged, stolen or had its odometer rolled back.
Top tip when buying a second hand car: Don’t just rely on the vehicle history check. Look at the car.
Check if the paint matches (colour and texture), look for paint overspray, look at how the body panels fit together, compare one side of the car to the other.
Check under the hood – the bolts that connect the hood to the hinges should be flawless; any scratches indicate work has been done. Also check for any damage to the car frame, as this indicates structural damage from an accident too.
Buying a second hand car?
At www.carwant.com.au you can peruse cars already listed for sale. Of if you’re sick of the search, tell us what you’re after and how much you’re willing to pay and we’ll notify you when we find a match!
As well as being fast and free, this approach makes the delicate negotiation a little easier. Because buyers request second hand cars within a certain price range, sellers only offer second hand cars within that price range. For example they won’t try and sell you a $10k car when your price range is only $3 – $5k. Phew!