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The internet is a great place to search for a new or used car as it removes the hassle of trudging around car yards, and Easy Car Connect makes it easy for buyers to connect with sellers directly, but as always, when making a major purchase, it does present a number of challenges that as buyer you should be aware of.

If dealing with a reputable dealer, government regulations will eliminate most of the risks associated with the purchase but if you are buying a used car by private treaty you should be aware of the steps to take to protect yourself from unscrupulous sellers.

Personal Property Securities Register

The PPSR is an Australian Government Initiative* and is the register where details of security interests in personal property, including cars, can be registered and searched. This site allows you to check if a finance company has any interest or lean on the motor car or if the vehicle is registered as a repairable ‘write off’ by an insurance company.

A small fee is charged for this service but the peace of mind it provides is invaluable.


*The Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for administering the PPSR.


Make sure the ownerʼs name, registration number, vehicle identification number (VIN), match exactly the information on the registration certificate and that the seller is the registered owner by verifying the sellersʼ driverʼs licence matches with the name on the registration certificate. If the seller claims to be selling on behalf of a friend or relative, beware. Ask to be shown written proof of the authority to sell on their behalf.

Vehicle Condition Report

If you have any concerns about the condition of the car you are wanting to purchase, arrange an independent inspection by the Stateʼs motoring bodies, such NRMA, RACV, RACQ etc. or your local mechanic. The small investment required will uncover any potential major expenses down the track.

Road Worthy Certificate

All States registration bodies require an RWC before they will allow transfer of ownership of a vehicle, so make sure you receive one from the seller or allow for it in your negotiations before you hand over any deposit.


At some stage you will need to meet up with the seller to inspect and drive the motor vehicle you are intending to purchase. It is recommended that you arrange to meet up at an independent location to avoid exchanging addresses until you have confirmed that the transaction is a genuine one. It is far better to drive to a meeting place than wait around for someone not to show at your home at the appointed time.

Service History

When deciding to purchase a vehicle it is preferable to buy one that has proof of proper maintenance during its life. The carʼs service records will confirm how well itʼs been maintained and should be provided by the seller on request. If no service records are available, it is imperative that a vehicle condition report be arranged. Good or bad service history should be reflected in the price negotiated.


It is customary, once you have reached agreement on a price, to pay a deposit equal to ten per cent of the purchase price, on doing so, be vigilant to receive a written receipt from the seller, with the amount paid, the amount due for final payment, the sellerʼs name, address and their driverʼs licence number.

Taking Delivery

Before handing over your hard-earned cash, be sure to confirm that the vehicle is in the same condition as it was when you inspected it. Check that the spare wheel or the battery have not been changed or for any other anomalies. Once you have paid for the vehicle you have no recourse.

Transfer of Ownership

It is the buyerʼs responsibility to forward transfer papers with a current road worthy certificate and appropriate fees to the relevant Stateʼs registration authority and should be done as soon as possible after the purchase transaction is completed.


Easy Car Connect Team.