Used car warranties

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A 'statutory warranty' applies only to vehicles bought from a licensed motor vehicle dealer.

The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act requires licensed dealers to fix certain defects in used motor vehicles they have sold.

The statutory warranty also applies only to motor vehicles that have a purchase price of $4,000 or more and motor cycles that cost $3,500 or more, together with limits on age and the number of kilometres travelled at the time of sale.

The following table outlines the statutory warranty provisions:

Age of Car Kilometres travelled at time of sale Warranty Entitlement
Not more than 10 years Not more than 150,000 3 months or 5,000 km (whichever happens first)
Between 10 - 12 years Between 150,000 and 180,000 1 month or 1,500 km (whichever happens first)
More than 12 years More than 180,000 No warranty
Age of Motor Cycle Kilometres travelled at time of sale Warranty Entitlement
Not more than 8 years Not more than 80,000 3 months or 5,000 km (whichever happens first)
More than 8 years More than 80,000 No warranty

Vehicles covered by statutory warranty

The following second-hand vehicles are covered by statutory warranty when bought from a dealer.

Passenger cars and derivatives, including:

  • Off-road passenger four-wheel drives (two rows of seats)
  • Station wagons and dual-cab utes (including four-wheel drives)
  • Vans seating not more than 9 people
  • Campervans (with cooking and sleeping facilities)

Passenger motor cycles:

  • All passenger motor cycles.

See the list of vehicles which are not covered by statutory warranty.

What is not covered

A statutory warranty does not cover:

  • routine services
  • tune-ups
  • batteries
  • tyres (however, tyres must be roadworthy at the time of sale)
  • accessories
  • defects that arise from an accident or misuse of the vehicle.

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Buying a car is a big investment for most people. Make sure you do your homework before doing the deal, regardless of whether it’s through a private seller or with a car yard.

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What does a statutory warranty cover

The image shows what is and is not covered under a used car statutory warranty. It is included in the car buyers checklist publication.

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