Find and buy a used car

It can be very easy to get ripped off when buying a used car, follow the guide below to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.


To find and buy a used car safely and without getting ripped off

Let's start with why this is important:

  • buying a used car is not a simple task and it can be easy for you to be ripped off
  • used cars are cheaper and more affordable than new cars

What to do next

Transfer registration

When you buy a car you need to transfer the registration from the old owner to the new, here is all you need to know about the process.

Buying car insurance

Make sure you are insured before you drive off in your new car

You do not have to purchase insurance through a licensed motor car trader; it may be cheaper to arrange your own. Contact other insurance companies to compare the cost of insurance (the premium) and policy coverage.

Premiums vary between car makes and models. Insurance may be more expensive for cars bought under finance and for modified sports cars. You may also pay more if you or someone under the age of 25 will be driving the car.

What to do next

Buy and transfer a registered vehicle

VicRoads guide to buying and transferring a registered vehicle.

Buying a used car

Government website outline the steps of buying a used car

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