Buying a used car often is challenging especially if you do not know about cars or have no mechanical background. The issue is that you can never know if the vehicle status is how it looks to be or it is different.
Losing money on used cars commonly happens everywhere however with just a little bit of extra care this can be avoided. This is the reason why Car Inspection is essential before making any purchase.
It is also always recommended by the Department of Fair Trading to ensure that you inspect the car before paying any deposits or making the purchase.
Before making any commitment to the seller, check all the following to make sure the vehicle is in a good shape and you are not buying someone else’s problem.
This vehicle inspection checklist has been made for you to follow and inspect your own vehicle yourself anywhere.
Bear in mind that your inspection can never be like a professional car inspector with all the tools and expertise however if you do not want to spend money on car inspection, it can help you a lot.
Vehicle History Check / REVS Check is also always recommended before buying a used car. This is to ensure the vehicle is legit and has no write-off history and the car is not under finance.
If the REVS Check comes with a Written off or Stolen Title, normally the value of that vehicle is less than the market average and if the vehicle is under finance, extra care is needed.
Never buy a used car that is under finance as the finance remains on the vehicle and the finance company can acquire the vehicle after purchase.
REVS check has other names such as PPSR Report, Car History Check, Vehicle History Report but they are all the same.
Before going through the list below and for a better understanding of what to look for, watch this Pre-Purchase Car Inspection Video made by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.
The video can be very helpful especially if you are a beginner with little Mechanical Knowledge.
The video tells you what to before purchasing a used car to avoid costly mistakes and potentially losing money on a wrong car purchase.
PRE-PURCHASE CAR INSPECTION VIDEO
CAR INSPECTION CHECKLIST BEFORE BUYING