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

Buy a Car

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

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

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


Consumer protection agencies in States & Territories


NSW (New South Wales)

NSW Fair Trading

Visit site

Visit the NSW Fair Trading website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  13 32 20

  8:30am - 5pm / Mon - Fri

 

WA (Western Australia)

WA Consumer Protection - Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety 

Visit site

Visit the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  1300 304 054

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SA (South Australia)

SA Office of Consumer and Business Services (CBS) 

Visit site

Visit the SA Office of Consumer and Business Services (CBS) website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  131 882 91

  Grenfell Street Adelaide SA 5000

  Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm)

 

QLD (Queensland)

Office of Fair Trading

Visit site

Visit the Office of Fair Trading website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  13 QGOV (13 74 68)

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  Locations

 

VIC (Victoria)

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Visit site

Visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  1300 55 81 81

  9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

 

TAS (Tasmania)

Tasmanian Consumer Affairs & Fair Trading

Visit site

Visit the Tasmanian Consumer Affairs & Fair Trading website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  1300 654 499

  9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

 

ACT (Australian Capital Territory)

Access Canberra

Visit site

Visit the Access Canberra website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  13 22 81

  Contacts

  Locations

 

NT (Northern Territory)

NT Consumer Affairs

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Visit the NT Consumer Affairs website to find more information (opens in a new window).

  (08) 8999 1999 or 1800 019 319

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  SMS: 0401 116 801

 

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