Top 10 Tips for Used Car Buyers in Australia | Auto Expert John Cadogan

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Buying a used car is more complex than most people think. Here’s how to sidestep the lemons, dodge the dogs and otherwise stack the deck in your favour.

I’m John Cadogan from – the place where Aussie new car buyers save thousands off their next new cars. Hit me up on the website for that.

More than one in every four used cars sold in Australia hides a potential problem. There are nearly 4.3 million vehicles listed on the official Personal Property Securities Register (where the vehicle forms the security over someone’s loan). The average cost of owning a lemon is up to $2000. Ouch.

If you’re in the market for a used car, here’s how to stack the deck in your favour and avoid an administrative and financial disaster.

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CarHistory offers a simple, online report that takes just a few minutes and costs less than $40. That’s basically all it takes to step out of the administrative minefield and drive off in a high quality used car that you’re certain is not a lemon. The CarHistory check even comes with a vehicle buyback insurance guarantee that essentially takes risk right off the table.

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There are three major administrative speed humps on the road to avoiding a lemon. The car could be stolen, it could be a repaired write-off being sold under the radar, or it could be the security on someone’s loan.

Izzy Silva is the General Manager of Consumer and Digital Marketing at CarHistory.

“Just to give you some flavour of how Australians research for cars, they spend nearly seven months researching for a holiday, but they spend 1-2 hours researching for a used car. A massive difference. A holiday is a week or two, a car is a lifetime investment potentially handing it down to your kids or family so when you consider those facts, consumers should spend a little more time and effort researching a car. And as you mentioned, CarHistory is a comprehensive automotive bureau, so we provide the facts behind the vehicle.”

Bear in mind that looks can be deceiving – a great-looking car being sold by an apparently fine, upstanding seller can still be a lemon in one (or all) of these ways. And, if it is, this will be a disaster for you.
The simple message here is: You can choose the vehicle with your heart, if that’s how you roll, but you have to buy it with your head.

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