If you are in the market to buy a used car, you are probably thinking of ways to spend as little as possible, yet purchase a vehicle that is reliable and safe to drive.
One of your options is to buy a used car from Interstate. The caveat here is that, unless you are willing to spend the time, money and effort to view the car before purchasing it, it is not a good idea to buy a vehicle privately from Interstate; rather purchase a used vehicle from an Interstate Dealer.
In the event that you would like to purchase a car privately from interstate, here are some tips to help you choose the right car:
Evaluate your budget and needs
The first step is to work out how much you can afford to spend on a car. The next step is to work how what the base value is of each car. Australia’s Red Book will provide the base value of a car based on its year and model. You will then need to include the taxes and additional fees that each state may require you to pay.
Go and inspect the car yourself
It is important to inspect the car in person before you buy it. It is not worth relying on photos or verbal descriptions of the car; you need to inspect the vehicle yourself. Even though you might need to travel quite far to view the car, it is worth paying for an air ticket to go and have a look at the car before deciding whether to buy it or not.
Find a local pre-purchase inspection service
As part of your purchase plan, find a local vehicle pre-purchase inspection service prior to committing to a deal and ask them to check the car out for you. Some examples of inspection services are RACV, RACQ, and NRMA; they all offer a comprehensive inspection service where the car is inspected according to a predetermined checklist.
Roadworthy and safety certifications
You need to be aware what roadworthy inspections and safety certifications (pink slip) your car requires your home state. Would your vehicle pass the minimum safety standard inspection in your state? For example, if the car passed the safety inspections in Queensland, it doesn’t mean that the car will pass these inspections in NSW.
Check for extended warranties
According to Australian law, all Interstate dealers are required to provide a 3-month warranty for used passenger cars with less than 160,000km on the speedometer, under 10 years old, and not exceeding the luxury car tax threshold. This warranty is valid for three months or 5,000km from the date of purchase. It will cover most items on a car relating to safety, reliability, and roadworthiness.
One concern that should be noted when deciding to buy a car from Interstate is that, although your interstate Car dealer is providing the three-month statutory warranty, how do you get the dealer to pay for any warranty repairs without a struggle?
Getting your new car home
How are you going to get the car home and what will it cost?
Once you have paid for the car, the next step is to transport the car from its location to your home. If you enjoy driving long distances, it could be fun to collect the car and drive it home yourself.
On the other hand, if you aren’t interested in driving long distances, you will have to contact a vehicle transportation company or an interstate removal company and contract them to pick up your car and deliver it to your home.
Registering your car
Your car is finally home! What now?
Well, local laws in each state require that interstate registrations be transferred to your name within 14 days. Your new car will come with all the necessary transfer documentation. All you need to do is present the documents to the correct authority and they will register your car.
Buying a car from interstate is not for the feint-hearted. However, on the flip side, it can be an adventure. Go for it and have fun!