Who to buy from?
In Australia, buyers have a few options when buying a used car. You may be wondering the differences between buying from a dealership vs private. Let’s compare the two as well as buying from a car auction.
This may be your best chance at finding a bargain on a used car, but beware, there’s also a huge risk that you may pay too much for a faulty car. Go in with a plan. Decide on the model you’re looking for and research its potential issues. Always check the logbook, you won't be able to take a test drive so this is the best way to see what shape it’s in. Finally, bid with your head, an auction isn't the place for passion. If you’d rather take your time and have all the information you need to make your decision, then buying from a car dealership may suit you better.
Many people buy privately, and you’ll find plenty of options online, but again, there are associated risks. Unlike buying from a dealership, there are no cooling off periods or warranties when you buy from a private seller. Ask the vendor if you can get the car checked over by a mechanic (they will charge a fee for the inspection) and if they refuse they may be hiding something.
Buying from a dealership may be the safest option and in the long run it can save you a lot of money. Dealers may offer/can allow test drives and inspections, as well as a cooling off period, which enables you to change your mind between signing your contract and delivery of your vehicle. Purchasing a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from a Toyota dealership is the best way to buy with peace of mind.
Inspecting, checking and test driving
Before buying a used car, it pays to do all the necessary background checks like ensuring the logbook is up to date. It also helps to properly inspect the vehicle and of course take a test drive to check if the vehicle is performing well. To find out exactly what you should be looking for, read our quick and easy used car inspection and test drive guide.