Buying a car interstate

Buying a car interstate can be a bit more challenging than buying a car in the same state. So here are some tips to make sure the purchase goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Make sure you ask the seller all the relevant questions you have about the car and emphasize that you will be travelling interstate. It is important for them to tell you everything about the car, any damage and any issues before you travel. You should understand the possibility of losing any travelling fees if you don't end up buying the vehicle. 

  • Need more confidence when buying a car unseen? RedBook Inspect provides a mobile vehicle inspection and digital report that includes road tests, photos and a CarFacts history report. You can click here for more information or simply click the 'Book Inspection' link on any vehicle you're viewing on carsales.

  • Ask the seller whether they will keep the car registered so you are able to drive it back to your home state. They have every right to cancel the registration and they cannot actually transfer the car in to your name using official state transport documents. 

  • Make sure your insurance company will cover you in an interstate registered vehicle. 

  • For payment, you can use PayProtect which is a secure way to transact online with the peace of mind that money is being held securely during the process. Click here for more information. You may also decide to use a bank cheque so you don't have to carry cash for a long period of time.

 Need further help? Simply give your local transport authority (VIC ROADS, TMR, Service NSW) a call for more information about registering a car interstate. 

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