Cars for sale Perth
When looking at cars for sale in WA, you first need to decide whether you are going to buy from a car yard, auction or a private seller. But before you start looking there are some things you need to decide.
Before you start looking for cars for sale Perth
You need to consider the following:
· What type of vehicle suits your lifestyle? Manual or automatic? Sedan, utility or SUV? Four, six or eight cylinders? What is the primary use of the vehicle?
· How much do you want to spend or how much can you afford? Set a budget that includes the cost of transferring the car into your name and stamp duty.
· Consider how much you can afford to run the vehicle each week, maintenance costs, registration, servicing and insurance. Different vehicles will cost you more so do your research before deciding what sort of vehicle you want to buy. And make sure you understand the cost of spare parts.
· Research the type of vehicles that interest you on the internet and check out classified ads. This will give you a good idea of the market value of the vehicles that interest you. It will also give you an idea of how much you will get for your current car, if you want to trade it in.
· Do you need a loan or are you going to pay cash? Shop around for a loan if you cannot pay cash to get the best deal. Remember, getting a loan through a car yard can cost you more than getting a loan yourself.
Buying from a used car dealer
When buying from a used car dealer:
· Check out as many dealers as possible to find the best deal.
· Make sure to check the details on the blue or pink form that should be on the dashboard of used cars. These will tell you whether the vehicle has a statutory warranty or not.
· Dealers have to guarantee the vehicle’s title is clear. But it is always a good idea to check yourself with the Personal Properties Securities Register (PPSR). You can do this online using the vehicle identification number (VIN) or registration number.
· Make sure the year of manufacture is the same as the date on the vehicle’s compliance plates in the engine bay.
· Check when the registration expires.
· Read the warranty so you know what is included and what is not covered. Usually things like the airconditioner, tyres and sound system are not covered so make sure these are in good working order before signing a contract.
· Test drive the vehicle. Make sure it runs as it should and everything works.
· Have an independent mechanic go over the vehicle and gives you a written report on the mechanical condition of the vehicle.
Know what you are signing
Know what you are signing with a used car dealer before you do it as you can be legally liable if you change your mind and there is no cooling off period. Also keep the following in mind:
· Car dealers have to use contracts to purchase when you want to buy a vehicle from them. These have standard terms and conditions on the back. Read them and make sure you understand them. If there is anything you do not understand, ask. And remember, anything the dealer promises verbally is not covered unless it is written into the purchase contract.
· Make sure any special conditions are also written into the contract. Things like subject to finance or an independent mechanical report is not sufficient when you need to get out of a contract. It needs to be specific. For example, it should be “subject to a mechanic report from ‘Alpha Mechanics’ that meets the satisfaction of the purchaser”. Or, “subject to finance from a specific bank for a loan of $15,000 over 5 years with repayments of not more than $300 a month”.
Do not allow a used car salesperson to pressure you into signing anything until you are sure the vehicle and deal on offer are right for you and your budget.