Buying a Car


A teenager buys his first car. He examined the car and noticed that the oil was leaking.

“What is this? It seems to me that the oil is leaking?” – asked a young man.

“Of course not! That's just sweat from all of that horsepower!” - a seller said.


Buying a car is always a very exciting moment, especially if it is buying your first car. This causes emotional over-excitement, a moment of happiness from owning your own vehicle, and you have a feeling of freedom. You already imagine how you race along the ocean with your friends, a wave of hot air rushes into the open window, filling the whole car with the smell of the ocean. In this exciting moment, you lose vigilance, and you want to instantly buy a car to drive off into the sunset. The time has come to talk about how to make the right choice, so as not to end up in a bad situation. Of course, you must think twice and make your choice slowly and wisely.


Before you buy a car you have to conduct accurate research


  • New or used?

  • Compare prices for a car in the appropriate price range;

  • Pay attention to fuel consumption;

  • Read the customers’ reviews of the pros and cons of the selected car;

  • Compare insurance prices;

  • Compare the description of the car with reality;

  • Check the air conditioner, brakes, headlights, windscreen washer, speakers and turn signals are all working;

  • Check the service book history: when did the last service take place, if it was conducted at all;

  • Look closely at the seller. If the seller does not inspire you with confidence, do not buy the car. If the seller is too pushy, politely refuse;

  • Do not rush your choice, learn in detail as much as you can about the car;

  • Go for a Test Drive;

  • If you are satisfied – buy it

 Auctions

 The specialised websites

 Backpacker Car Dealers

 Car Net

 Pickles Auctions

 Government Auctions

 Online Auctions Group

 Carsales

 Carsearch

 Carsguide

 Gumtree Cars

 Travel Wheels

 Travellers Autobarn

 Cars 4 Backpackers

 Backpackers Auto Sales


What are your upfront costs when buying a car?


  • Cost of the car
  • The Registration Transfer Fee
  • Compulsory Third Party Insurance
  • Roadside assistance (an annual membership NRMA provides with benefits)
  • A car history report (Personal Property Securities Registry (PPSR) – check financial debt)
  • Stamp duty (depends on state & territory and type of a car) The Cars Guide website provides a full range of information on stamp duty matters. It can be varying in different states and territories.

What are your ongoing costs after buying a car?


  • Road Tolls
  • Insurance
  • Registration
  • Petrol or Diesel
  • New parts & Repairs
  • Service & Maintenance

Where can you get help in case of buying a lemon?


You should know that all consumers are protected by the Australian Consumer Law. In this case, if you purchased a substandard car and the selling party refused to make a refund, you can make a complaint on the website of the agency that provides help in resolving disputes. In the table below you can find the consumer protection agencies in your area.

Australian Consumer Law (opens in a new window) Go to the website to find out your right and responsibilities.

Australian Automobile Association (opens in a new window) Here you can write your story of buying a lemon.

ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission) (opens in a new window) ACCC provides a full range of information about buying a car.


Consumer protection agencies in States & Territories


 NSW (New South Wales)

 Visit the NSW Fair Trading website to find more information

 NSW Fair Trading (opens in a new window)

 

 WA (Western Australia)

 Visit the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website to find more information

 WA Consumer Protection - Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (opens in a new window)

 

 SA (South Australia)

 Visit the SA Office of Consumer and Business Services (CBS) website to find more information

 SA Office of Consumer and Business Services (CBS) (opens in a new window)

 

 QLD (Queensland)

 Visit the Office of Fair Trading website to find more information

 Office of Fair Trading (opens in a new window)

 

 VIC (Victoria)

 Visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website to find more information

 Consumer Affairs Victoria (opens in a new window)

 

 TAS (Tasmania)

 Visit the Tasmanian Consumer Affairs & Fair Trading website to find more information

 Tasmanian Consumer Affairs & Fair Trading (opens in a new window)

 

 ACT (Australian Capital Territory)

 Visit the Access Canberra website to find more information

 Access Canberra (opens in a new window)

 

 NT (Northern Territory)

 Visit the NT Consumer Affairs website to find more information

 NT Consumer Affairs (opens in a new window)

 

 

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