Buying a used car

Buying a car is an exciting time, but it can also be a time consuming and expensive ordeal if you purchase a 'dud'. Here are some ways you can protect your investment and peace of mind.

Ask an expert

Get the car checked thoroughly by an expert before you buy. Small problems, or wear and tear below the 'skin', can easily become big problems which can cost a lot of money to fix. A pre-purchase inspection is a small investment for peace of mind.

Buy from a Licensed Motor Car Trader (LMCT).

LMCTs are obliged by law to guarantee clear title on every car they sell.

If the car is found to have been stolen, rebirthed, or has a security registered against it by a finance company, the LMCT must 'make good' the title or, if this cannot be done, provide a full refund.

The LMCT must provide a clear title and a 3 month or 3,000km statutory warranty for cars built less than 7 years ago which have also travelled less than 120,000km.

Search for an LMCT.