29 March 2022 · Tips N' Tricks

How To Buy A Used Car

How to buy a used car

Do you live in Brisbane and want to buy a used car? The whole process can be daunting. You don't want to buy a lemon, get ripped off or not buy a car that is not right for you and your needs. Simply follow our step by step guide to ensure you love your used car wheels in years to come.


Budget And Preferences

The first thing that you need to do is decide on your budget. How much you can afford to spend and your preferences. What are your requirements? Are you looking for an SUV or sedan? Is boot space important? Do you need something safe but zippy? Research is really important and a good place to start is with Red Book.   


Buying A Used Car From A Dealership

We all know buying a second-hand car from a dealer is usually more expensive than buying privately however it is the safest way and also comes with some conveniences.

When you buy a used vehicle from a licensed dealer in Queensland, you are entitled to:

  • Test drive the vehicle
  • 1 business day cooling-off period
  • A statutory warranty (for certain vehicles)
  • A clear title guarantee
  • You can trade-in your old car


Check Your Car’s History

Since used cars have had previous owners, ask questions about the car’s history and ensure you check the logbooks. How many klms has the car travelled to date, how many owners did it have, are the original papers and documents in place? Also, check the current roadworthy certificate.

Always looks for a car that has been serviced regularly and is well maintained.


Check The Condition Of The Car

It's important to check the outside and inside of the vehicle. Check the paintwork for bubbles and colour differences which could indicate rust or an accident. Take a look at the upholstery, trim and carpets for wear. Make sure all of the lights and accessories (like air conditioning, wipers, power windows, mirrors, central locking and car radio) are working properly.


Take The Car for a Test Drive

Consider your test drive route and the time you take to test drive the car. Take the car on a quiet back street where you can listen for any unusual noises and check the brakes. The highway is also a good chance to test the vehicle's capabilities. Ask your salesperson for a recommended route if you don't know the area. 


Car Insurance

CTP insurance is included with your car registration cost in Queensland. When you buy any Queensland registered new or used vehicle, the CTP insurance transfers to you. If your vehicle is not registered, you are not covered by CTP insurance.

It's not mandatory, but additional car insurance is generally a good idea. 


The above tips are just a few of the many things you must keep in mind when purchasing a used car. If you are interested in purchasing a used car, visit Mount Gravatt Mazda to find the best-used cars in Brisbane.