Before you begin your car buying journey
With a bit of planning, like sorting out your finances before the day of purchase, you’ll avoid ending up with buyers regret — or worse, buying a lemon.
Inspect and test drive the car
By now you’ve either made it to the dealership, the sale yard or the private seller’s garage. Here’s when you might ask the seller a few questions about the car, like whether it’s had any accidents and why the owner is selling the vehicle.
It’s important to assess its condition – looking for dents and scratches – and open the doors and boot to check for any damage.
Make the deal
Deal making isn’t something that comes naturally for everyone. But with a bit of practice anyone can negotiate a fair price. Make sure you have a good idea of the price of your vehicle across both dealership and private sales, before you begin the negotiation.
Go through the fine print
Congratulations! At this point, you’re probably jumping for joy at the prospect of owning a car. But before you pop the champagne, you’ll need to complete all the vehicle transfer paperwork and of course, make the payment.
Also, don’t forget to transfer any e-tags and permits. And remember that you’re not alone. With so many hurdles to navigate, Suncorp has developed an online Used Car Buying Checklist to steer you in the right direction.
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