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Buying a second-hand car

Reported by Belinda Carter
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
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From Money Magazine, July 2005

Buying a second-hand car can be stressful and time-consuming, yet definitely worthwhile. Belinda Carter shares her tips for getting the best deal.

  • Get help to check it out, check the weather and be ready to buy.

  • Be sure to check weekly newspapers and Internet sites for price comparisons and availability.

  • Websites such as www.redbook.com.au, www.tradingpost.com.au, www.drive.com.au, www.carsguide.com.au are reliable and informative guides to finding your first or next car.

  • When inspecting the car, make sure the weather is bright, light and dry.

  • Check for hail damage, loose panels, upholstery for wear and tear, colour variation and dents or ripples.

  • Check the operation of lights, inside and outside, as well as the belts, buckles, adjusters and child-restraints.

  • Have an NRMA or local car dealer check the car before you buy, especially the engine, transmission, power steering and brakes. Always take the car for a test drive.

  • Finally, be sure to have your finances in order before you look. You don't want to miss out on that perfect car!


For the complete story see Money Magazine's July 2005 issue. Subscribe now.

22/08/2014 02:02Sydney, Australia. 22 August,2014
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