would be possible to see a car and give the owner/dealer the amount
of money they are asking for. However, that would probably be foolish.
There may be problems.
you decide you want the car, here are some things you should do:
the price. The seller usually asks for more than they want. The
buyer usually offers less than they will pay.
a conditional document.
3. Pay a small deposit.
4. Get a mechanical check.
you are buying privately (not from a dealer and not from an auction)
Check the car ownership with REVS.
6. Ask to see the Registration Certificate of the
car and the seller's ID. Check that the name of the seller is the
same as the owner of the car..
7. Check the chassis or VIN number and the engine
number. They should be the same as the ones on the Registration
Certificate. A mechanic can help you to find these numbers.
8. Check that the car has a recent (within the
last 28 days) Roadworthy Certificate. (Without this you can't legally
drive the car and you will need to take it to a mechanic to get
a Roadworthy Certificate and you will need to pay any repair costs
to make it roadworthy).
REVS = Register of Encumbered Vehicles
A REVS check will tell you if the person you are buying from owns
the car or if they owe money to a finance company. If they owe money
and they don't pay it, the finance company may try to take the car
from the new owner! So be careful.
a REVS check you will need to give the REVS office the following:
the car registration number, the chassis or VIN number and the engine
number. A car workshop can help you to find these numbers on the
in the various states.
For NSW, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
you can ring 1800 424 988. For WA contact WA REVS on 1300 304 024
or at www.docep.wa.gov.au/revs/.
For Tasmania contact the Vehicle Securities Register on 1300 851
225 or at www.transport.tas.gov.au/regstat/index.html.
You can get the car checked by your mechanic or you can get it checked
by the motor club in your state. In NSW it is the NRMA, in Victoria
it is the RACV, in Queensland it is the RACQ. The other states have
something similar. These checks usually cost between $200 and $300
CONDITIONAL RECEIPT / CONDITIONAL AGREEMENT
When you pay a deposit, get a receipt from the seller.
Ask them to sign a statement like the one below. It means that if
you get the car checked by a mechanic and you find that there is
something wrong with it, you can get all of your deposit back.*
Before you buy the car, get it checked by a mechanic or an organisation
that offers car checks (eg. RACQ, NRMA).
agreement is subject to the purchaser obtaining an inspection
report from [fill in the name of the organisation that
will check the car]. If the reported condition is not
satisfactory to the purchaser, he/she may rescind the contract,
and the deposit paid shall be refunded in full to the purchaser.'
note this is a normal procedure, but this website is not giving
you qualified legal advice!)
the questions and select true or false.