Beware of Unlicensed Dealers...
The market out there is tough. Many car dealers have gone to the wall during the last few years, however a good number of dealers have just gone underground. Beware of unlicensed dealers selling vehicles from Internet Sites or Car Fairs. A lot of time these cars seem cheap, however in most cases there will be problems with the car that the person selling them just will not divulge to you. If you buy a car privately and something goes wrong, you have NO COMEBACK on the person selling it to you. In some cases you may think its worth the risk, but in other cases its simply fraud that you have no protection over.
These people will have no problems lying to you over your purchase. In most cases they don't pay Tax or GST and you wont receive any paperwork, so if they are prepared to defraud the government then they wont have any problems in defrauding you. Be very wary of lines like, "Oh I've only had the car a week but the wife doesn't like the colour." Or "I brought it but realised I wanted a 5 Speed". In most cases these people have brought the car to on-sell it for profit. And in most cases they brought the car cheap because there is something wrong with it. Usually something so bad a proper dealer wouldn't touch it. If someone private is selling a vehicle they have just brought, then alarm bells should ring. Don't get caught up in someone else's fraud just for someone else's profit. You will regret it.
What would you do if you found out when you received the ownership papers that the car you purchased privately had been re-registered? Or was written off and has an insurance company listed on the papers? Or has money owed on it from the previous owner? Or has inconsistent speedometer readings? The answer is - THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO. Sometimes bargains just aren't what they seem. Here at The Car Yard we guarantee you all our dealers are high street dealership dealers who will offer you clear title on your vehicle. They will guarantee you your car has never been re-registered, has inconsistent speedometer readings, or has an insurance company on the papers. That's pretty good peace of mind at the end of the day. Definitely worth considering before you drive a long way to save $500 on that so called bargain.