Car yards

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There are a number of places where you can buy a vehicle. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Buying from a dealer

Buying a vehicle from a licensed motor vehicle dealer is the safest way and provides some real advantages.

The dealer is obliged by law to guarantee that there is no money owing on the vehicle and depending on the type of vehicle, how old it is and how many kilometres it has done, the dealer may be obliged by the law to provide a warranty.

You also have the opportunity to trade in your old vehicle. However, you may not get as much money trading-in your vehicle as you would selling it privately.

You are likely to get to test drive the vehicle and make sure it has the requirements and features you want. Finance is also usually offered through most licensed vehicle dealers.

Visit as many dealers as possible and satisfy yourself that you are getting the best deal.

Buying from a car market

A car market is a market offering second-hand vehicles for sale.

If you buy from a car market, you are considered to be buying 'privately' and therefore you need to beware of what you are intending to buy.

Similarly to buying privately, the Australian Consumer Law provides guarantees as to clear title, undisturbed possession and undisclosed securities but there is no statutory warranty.

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