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Car buyer's checklist

5 years ago

So you are about to buy a car. Buying a car is exciting but also risky, particularly when emotions can cloud your judgement!

Here's a quick checklist of the things you should do to avoid buying a lemon:

1. Check the advertised vehicle details are correct

Enter the vehicle's plate in the box at the top of this page and we'll bring up the basic details free!

2. Get a Vehicle Information Report (VIR)

A VIR is an instant report which checks the car's history, including whether there is money owing.  If you buy a car with money owing it could be repossessed!

Enter the car's plate in the white box at the top of this page to get started.

3. Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection

VTNZ will do a mechanical check for only $100 and a full check including interior and exterior for just $135.  Book online here.

Mechanical check

4. Document the purchase in writing 

A proper Purchase Agreement will help to protect your deposit should you not be paying in full and will help protect you should anything go wrong after the sale.

We provide a free personalised Purchase Agreement with every VIR sold.


Vehicle Agreement

5. Change the ownership

We recommend changing the ownership online, it's quick and easy.

Change a car's ownership here: https://transact.nzta.govt.nz/transactions/NoticeOfDisposal/entry.aspx

The above checklist is based around buying a car privately as there is more risk.  You should consider buying from a dealer as you are protected by the Consumer Guarantees Act.  Here's a great summary on car buyer rights written by Consumer.

Change car ownership

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