The team at Auto Top Trade Lismore have been in the wholesale and retail car business for over twenty years. We have come up with a hit list of all those things a car buyer should be aware of while they are looking for a new or user car, and also while they are shortlisting their choices.
Let’s face it, your hard earned money can either buy you a great used car that has been through rigorous checks to ensure that you are getting exactly what you are expecting by the advertised description of the car, or you can be sorely disappointed. Auto Top Trade make sure that all cars we sell are exactly what we say they are – nothing hidden, and no surprises after the sale. We are constantly amazed that people do not do their due diligence when it comes to buying a car. So, what we do that may differ from other dealers is that we walk you through the things to be aware of.
If you are looking for a specific type of vehicle and we don’t have that car on the lot, don’t walk away – come in and talk to Marty, Adam, Dave or Jacinta and let us know what you are looking for. We have a large network and we are more than likely able to find the car you are looking for at a very competitive price. When looking for your car in this way we will ensure that you don’t get any nasty surprises on delivery. All our cars go through various checks to make sure there are no ongoing issues for the buyer.
A licenced motor dealer is bound by the Fair Trading’s Motor Dealer & Repairs Act 2013 and it is mandatory for motor dealers to disclose to consumers information that might affect a consumer’s decision to buy a car. This includes information about any major modifications to a vehicle, past flood or hail damage and whether a vehicle has previously been written-off and whether there is any suspicion of odometer tampering.
There are substantial penalties and loss of motor dealer licence’s for any motor dealer who fails to disclose important information to consumers about a vehicle they are looking to purchase. Most motor dealers will not have a written-off vehicle on their yard or if they do, they must declare it.
If you buy privately you run the risk of buying a vehicle that has been repaired, registered and put back on the road. A privately seller is legally bound to declare if a vehicle has been written-off and they will avoid this if he or she can sell the vehicle to you as there is no accountability once the sale has been finalised.
We call all those people ‘backyarders’ and they normally work closely with panel beaters and mechanical workshops who will allow a vehicle to get a blue or pink slip when perhaps they should not.
Always ask for log books if you suspect the klms are low considering the age of the vehicle as many vehicles sold privately have had speedo adjustments and the sellers are not accountable like a licenced dealer.
Buying interstate also runs a risk when registering in another state as different states have different regulations. You will require a safety certificate to register a vehicle and may be required to spend more on a car than perhaps it is worth just to get it to road worthy condition. Same thing applies when buying at an auction, again be very aware that a lot of vehicles that go there have problems that other people haven’t be able to repair.
If it looks to go to be true it probably is too good to be true.
All of these cars photographed are repairable write-offs, that means that they will repaired, registered and put back on the road.
Would you let one of your family members drive these?
Some people don’t even replace the airbags.
Is that a risk you’re willing to take?
We do a car history report on all our vehicles which is available to view on our website, be sure the cars you are buying are from a licensed motor dealer so you and your family can have peace of mind.