|TIPS FOR BUYING A USED CAR
Things to Watch Out for:
Who really is the owner of the vehicle you are buying?
Licensed Motor Vehicle Dealers are required by law to guarantee clear title on the vehicles they sell. So if it turns out later that the car was owned by someone else, you are protected.
A car bought on hire purchase or conditional sale belongs to the finance company until the payments have been completed. So it does not have "Clear Title".
If you buy such a car and there is outstanding finance on it, the lender can take it back. You can sue whoever sold you the car - if you can find them.
There are some limited exceptions to this. If you were not aware that the car was subject to an outstanding credit agreement and bought it in good faith, you may be allowed to keep it. This does not apply to stolen cars or cars which are subject to a hire agreement. You will need to get professional advice on this.
Check with one of the organisations (below) which keep databases of information about cars. They can tell you whether the one you want is clear. If you are buying from a dealer, ask whether this check has already been carried out.
To ascertain that the car has no encumbrances, contact your local Register of Unencumbered Vehicles (EVS) office. (In some states this system is known as the Vehicles Securities Register)
ARE THE KILOMETRES GENUINE?
Low mileage can be a big selling point. But the odometer can be turned back to reduce the number of kilometres shown. If the kilometres are low, but wear and tear on the car looks heavy such as on the edge of the seats - the car could have been "clocked" or had a "haircut".
Professional "clockers" sometimes change tell-tale wear items like pedal rubbers, steering wheels and gear knobs, to hide this. Another sign is that the numbers on the odometer don't line up correctly.
Try to find out about the history of the car.
Roadworthy certificates and service documentation will show mileage readings taken by mechanics.
The kilometre reading forms part of the description of the car. Sellers sometimes protect themselves by covering up the odometer or issuing a disclaimer saying that the mileage may be wrong. To be valid, such a disclaimer must be at least as noticeable as the kilometre reading and as effectively brought to your attention.
It may be worth contacting previous owners named on the registration certification to ask what the mileage was when they sold the car. You could also ask what it was used for, for example, short trips or regular motorway driving.
MECHANICAL CONDITION AND SAFETY
Have the identification numbers been tampered with? The engine and VIN numbers may have been interfered with. Areas of glass may have been scratched off the windows, or stickers may cover up etching, which has been altered.
Another clue is whether the seller can show you the insurance policy for the car. If it is stolen, probably not.
Use the checklist above to help you spot the signs of a stolen car.
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