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Buying a Car Online

9 years ago

Buying a car online has become commonplace, largely due to Trade Me's online vehicle auctions.

While most people will inspect a car before bidding, some won't, often because the car is too far away.  Here are some tips on how you can safely buy a car without physically seeing it:

1. Check it's history


Our Vehicle Information Report (VIR) will instantly tell you whether the vehicle is reported stolen, has money owing or has an inconsistent odometer.

Vehicle Information Report

2. Get it professionally inspected


Arrange for the seller to take the vehicle to the nearest VTNZ station which performs Pre Purchase Inspections.  VTNZ offers two services:

Mechanical Pre-Purchase Inspection $110

Full Pre-Purchase Inspection $140

VTNZ Pre-Purchase Inspection

If you are unable to inspect the vehicle we recommend getting a full pre-purchase inspection. Explain to VTNZ that you are buying the vehicle sight-unseen.  The Full Pre-Purchase Inspection includes photos of the vehicle.

3. Document the transaction


If the vehicle passes the history check and physical inspection then you should be ready to proceed with the sale.


Vehicle Sales Agreement

A Vehicle Purchase Agreement will help protect you should any problems occur.  We provide a free personalised Purchase Agreement with every VIR.

4. Protect your new asset!


Before you drive off, call your insurance company to ensure you are covered.


5. Change ownership


We recommend changing ownership as soon as possible.  You can change ownership online here.


Got any questions?  Call us Freephone 0800 668 679 or +64 9 487 0090


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