Know what type of vehicle is allowed. The prohibited vehicle condition restricts provisional (P1 and P2) drivers from driving certain high performance vehicles.
Prohibited vehicles are those with
Know what you want. Do your research; consider what type of car will suit, whether manual or automatic, what the car will be used for, running costs (including maintenance and repairs) and level of safety.
Know what to check. Check the vehicle’s identity; its VIN (vehicle identification number), Chassis Number on pre 1989 vehicles, engine number, compliance number plate, and check to see whether the vehicle has money owing on it.
Personal Property Security Register www.ppsr.gov.au
Tel: 1300 007 777
Statistically, there is a one in five chance that vehicles offered for private sale in NSW will be carrying a debt for which the new owner could become liable. Before buying a car privately, buyers should contact the Personal Property Securities Register. PPSR can advise if a motor vehicle, is carrying a debt, and could be repossessed.
Know how it drives. Take the vehicle for a test drive, but before you do, make sure the seller has an insurance policy that will cover it if there is a crash. Listen for odd noises and rattles check the engine and how it runs, and check the brakes and the steering.
Pre Purchase Safety Inspections
A comprehensive pre-purchase safety inspection and an authorised inspection (pink slip) will ensure your car is in good enough shape to be driven on the road. Ensure that all faults are repaired before you take possession of the vehicle.
Buying a vehicle privately carries a real safety risk because the seller does not have to make sure the car is safe. A licensed dealer on the other hand must ensure the vehicle they sell is roadworthy. All MTA inspection stations have been rigorously checked to ensure that every inspection is done professionally and competently.
One of the advantages of the MTA’s pre purchase vehicle inspection is that once the report is done, it can be emailed to the customer and there is no need to wait for a posted hardcopy. Purchasing from a “Licenced Motor Dealer“ has many safeguards.
Roads & Maritime Services www.rta.nsw.gov.au
NSW Office of Fair Trading www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
PPSR www.ppsr.gov.au Tel: 1300 007 777
Motor Traders Authority www.mtansw.com.au
The Red Book www.redbook.com.au
ANCAP Vehicle Safety Review www.ancap.com.au