3. Further research!
If you’d want to be extra careful and are really set on the car, take a look at carfacts.com.au. It can tell you about finance owing, written off status, odometer checks and more!
Arm yourself with information about the car that you are going to look at. You can’t just take the sellers word for it! It would also give you some ammunition to negotiate a better deal.
By now, you’d probably have 3-5 cars you’d really love to pursue. Before contacting the car seller for an appointment and test drive, make sure you go on Redbook.com.au for estimated market value information of the cars you’re looking at!
4. Ready, set, GO!
Car searching takes a lot more effort than it looks. You would probably be influenced by emotion and aspirations. Change your mindset to be from “dream car” to “reliable car”! Instead of dreaming of buying a 2001 BMW 320ci, dream about buying a 1998 Toyota Camry to start off with. It’s best to look at all reliable make and models.
Online sites such as carsales.com.au, gumtree.com.au and drive.com.au are perfect places to start looking for cars.
After using step 1, 2 and 3 to gather information about the cars, google specific make and model car forums, call the seller, take your friends and family with you for a test drive and get the car checked out by a mechanic to asses if the car is worth buying!