TMCnet Feature
March 11, 2020

Buying a Car With More Satisfaction

Buying a new car comes with feelings of joy especially if it's your first time. A new car brings no bad surprises which may lead to resentment but the price tag (News - Alert) can change your mind. Cars are getting more and more expensive, leaving buyers with the only choice to go for a second-hand vehicle. Buying a second-hand car is financially feasible and light on the pocket, but it comes with a few hiccups. If you can ensure these doubts through a valid and authentic source, buying a used car becomes a better choice. Before buying a used car, one may ask:

  • Is the VIN/Rego valid?
  • Are the vehicle details correct as per the government database?
  • Are there any remaining debts on the vehicle?
  • Has the vehicle been damaged or stolen?

It is necessary to prepare an entire checklist and seek guidelines to avoid any fraudulence. Apart from ensuring the documents' validity, a thorough physical check is also mandatory.

Here's a list of important checks which can help you make the right choice while buying a second-hand vehicle.

Superficial Checks

Check out any visible cracks, scratches, paint renewal, doors lock, and tires. This appearance will tell you how the cafe has been handled by the previous owner(s).


Check-out the interior of the vehicle like seats, air-conditioning system, door clips, etc for better condition and smooth operation.

Engine Area

Open the front bonnet and look for any corroded, cracked, or broken places. Start the engine and observe any funny noises in that area, especially the engine.

Test Drive

Finally, test drive! Drive the car and it will tell you a lot about the condition of the car.

Now, for the critical part of ensuring the car has a clean history, we have the ultimate solution.

Check The Car History

Without confirming PPSR of the car, it is just like purchasing a personified problem instead of a car. Therefore, checking the car history is of vital importance.

How to check car history? That's the easy part.

Get online, enter VIN/Rego, hit enter, pay a few bucks, and there you go!

A car history contains:

  • Registration details
  • Detail of Previous owner(s)
  • Any outstanding cash installments
  • Write-off details 
  • Part(s) Replacement
  • Theft, criminal use, damage records

Details of previous owners will tell you plenty of details about the condition of the car like how much used the car is. It also gives you an idea about the price so that you may not end up buying that vehicle for more than it actually should cost.

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