Buying a used car privately

When you buy a car from a private seller you should check the paperwork. Ask the seller to show you:

  • a current certificate of registration; and
  • proof that the person selling the car is the owner. A sales receipt or a drivers license can help you identify the seller.

Check that all the details on the registration papers match the car. If they don't match, it means there could be problems.

You should check to see if there is any money owing on the car. If you buy a car from a private seller who has an outstanding loan attached to the car (this is called an encumbrance) then the car could be repossessed and you could lose your money.

Telephone PPSR on 13 2212 or go on-line PPSR to check if the car you are thinking of buying is encumbered.

Last Updated:
04 Jun 2019

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