Uh! Oh! I bought a lemon

Most people do not realise that when buying a used car from a private seller there are no protections under the Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading Act or the Australian Consumer Law. Before you hand over any cash make sure you do your homework on the car.

Useful tips are to have a professional inspection and check the PPSR (Personal Property Securities Register) to make sure it is not stolen and that there is no money owing to banks or finance companies.

Call the PPSR on 1300 0007 777 or do your own search on www.ppsr.gov.au.