Where to buy
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.