RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said while there were protections in place for Queensland buyers, it was still important for those in the market to have their wits about them.
“Buying a car can be an exciting time, but whenever you’re spending thousands of dollars, you should be especially careful,” Ms Hunter said.
“Buyers can visit the Personal Properties Securities Register to check the vehicle hasn’t been written off or had money owning against it.
“While car dealers aren’t allowed to sell you a car that still has finance owing on it – for a few dollars you can double check yourself to have that added security.”
Ms Hunter said buyers should take the vehicle for a test drive and could have added peace of mind with an RACQ vehicle inspection.
“Get a trusted mechanic or arrange for an RACQ vehicle inspection to look over the vehicle, that way you can be sure you’re getting what you’re paying for,” she said.
“Never rely on a safety certificate alone – if you get the car independently checked you can negotiate any required repairs before you buy.”
Ms Hunter said it was best to take the time to go through your contract with a fine-toothed comb.
“Double-check your paperwork like purchase contracts, warranties, the finance agreement, and don’t sign anything until you’re completely happy with the deal.”