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Car service history, PPSR & RWC

· Car Buying Tips

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you drive away your next car

Test Drive

Always take the vehicle for a drive, this will hopefully bring to the surface and problems/noises the car might have, also you can tell if it’s comfortable for yourself and you get an idea of the vehicles blind spots (all vehicles have them, some are just worse than others).

Service History

NEVER take anyone’s word that a vehicle has been serviced and always get proof

With any used car, service history is important. Check to see if the service book is filled out and look at where it has been serviced. It will be a good sign if the vehicle that has been taken to the same place for the majority of the servicing. You also want to buy a used vehicle with full-service history. NEVER take anyone’s word that a vehicle has been serviced and always get proof, this will not only will this to help ensure that your purchase should be in good working order and it will also help with resale value when it comes time for you to sell it.

PPSR check

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do your own PPSR check on a vehicle before you buy it, this is the federal government report on the vehicle that will show if the car has any loans against it (if money is owning on the vehicle the finance company will repossess the vehicle if the loan is not paid regardless of the fact that you now own it) or if has been involved in any kind of accident, storm damage, flood damage or hail. Most dealers will supply a copy of this report. You can do your own search for a few dollars and it will give you a peace of mind.

Road Worthy Certificate

Ask the seller when buying privately, if they are happy for your trusted mechanic to inspect the vehicle. Even if it has full service history, it is still a good idea to get them checked by someone you trust. I say get a trusted mechanic to look at it as opposed to a vehicle inspection service, as the mechanic will concentrate more on the important things, condition of the motor, brakes, suspension bushes and so on, the things that will end up costing you money to fix and replace. If the vehicle is being sold with a current Road Worthy Certificate, you won't worry too much about condition of tyres, brake pads and so on. However, if it was not being sold with one, you should get those things checked.

By Graham Johnston

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