Where to buy

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Training Wheels -

DEALER Pros: On cars un­der 10 years old, most states re­quire a war­ranty, typ­i­cally three months or 5000km. You also get guar­an­teed ti­tle. Fran­chised deal­ers (those who also sell new cars) usu­ally have the best se­lec­tion of used cars. The trade-ins they don’t want are un­loaded to non-fran­chised deal­ers or auc­tions. Cons: Can be more ex­pen­sive than a sim­i­lar car bought pri­vately. Be­ware of non-fran­chised deal­ers sell­ing flood-dam­aged or re­birthed (ie cars writ­ten off by in­surance com­pa­nies, but then re­paired) from Queens­land. PRI­VATE Pros: The best way to find a bar­gain. Cons: You have to do plenty of leg­work. Find­ing the right car, in a place that’s close to where you live, can be a time-con­sum­ing process. There’s no guar­an­tee of ti­tle or prove­nance, and no come backs if it drops its guts on the way home. Buyer be­ware. AUC­TIONS Pros: Ex-govern­ment or fleet cars, usu­ally prop­erly ser­viced, with low kilo­me­tres. Guar­an­teed ti­tle. Many deal­ers buy cars at auc­tion, take them to their car yard and in­crease the price by thou­sands of dol­lars. Buy it your­self, and pocket the dif­fer­ence. Cons: You can’t test drive the car be­fore you bid. It’s also easy for an am­a­teur to pay too much, so go to a cou­ple be­fore you buy to get an idea of prices and how it all works.

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