How to Safely Purchase a Second-Hand Car

When purchasing a 2nd hand vehicle, such as a car or a boat, it is very important that you know its history. This is important because of your safety and those that will ride with you depends on it. Knowing whether the vehicle is involved in a crash, for example, will tell you that it may not be as roadworthy as the seller is letting on. With the knowledge, you may even actually lower the price of the vehicle in question. There are databases that are maintained by the government specific for storing data on vehicles regarding its history, accident or flood history. In Australia,  there is an online noticeboard where people may post whether or not a vehicle or a property is used to secure a debt or a loan from them, among other things. You can also check to see if someone has registered an interest in a personal property that you may be interested in as well. the Australian Financial Security Authority manages the Personal Property Securities Register or ppsr where all this data is stored. Together with a vin check, you can pretty much piece together a comprehensive story of what your target vehicle has gone through. These two so far will have to be done in order to ascertain the item’s history and record.


      If the Vin Check and the PPSR check returns favorable results it is time to do some serious checking on the car itself. Find a reputable mechanic and do some cursory inspections by yourself. Drive the car and put it through some paces and see if it feels right for you. Once you have selected the car there are some things that are very important that’s left for you to do.


     Ensure that the seller is the owner and not an intermediary, prices will become overblown when this is the case as the third party will try to get profits from the original price set by the owner.  Make sure that the VIN number, date of manufacture, engine number, and number plates match those that are listed on its paperwork. In some cases, a certificate of road worthiness will be provided to you.

Physical Inspection

    Here you can have a trusted mechanic to be with you when doing an inspection of the car. A tip would be to use a magnet to test if a lot of filler has been used in the car and that is not a good sign. Your mechanic will be able to tell you if there are any telltale signs in the car’s engine noises or strange bumps and creaks that shouldn’t be there.