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  • Writer's pictureEkene Uchenu

How To Buy A Cheap Used Car In Australia

Updated: May 31

  • Buying a well maintained used car can save you a lot compared with buying new

  • Buying privately can also deliver savings compared with buying from a dealer, however;

  • Buying from a dealer means you get a warranty in many cases

  • Follow the used car inspection checklist from the NRMA to help avoid buying a lemon

  • Use the online CarHistory check to make sure the car doesn’t have money owing on it, or has been in a serious crash in its past.

When buying a used car, whether from a dealer, privately or at auction, it’s important to conduct a thorough mechanical inspection and do checks to ascertain whether the car has money owing on it, or has been involved in a major accident.

Buying a used car from a dealer

Buying a used car from a dealership gives you guaranteed title and a statutory warranty on cars under 10 years old or 160,000km (and below the NSW luxury car tax threshold.) This warranty is valid for three months or 5,000km from date of purchase and covers items relating to safety, reliability and roadworthiness.

A dealer will usually be able to arrange finance for your purchase, although it’s worth shopping around. A used car loan from the NRMA will offer competitive rates and Member benefits.

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