In this article, you will learn about how to sell used cars online within Australia, which includes the necessary documentation that is required in order to successfully complete the sale.
In order to make a successful online car sale within Australia, it’s useful to have either a certificate of roadworthiness or a safety certificate pertaining to the car prior to completing the transaction. This will not only enhance the potential for making the sale and achieving a more attractive price for the vehicle, but will also serve as peace of mind to the buyer.
There are certain states where gaining certification prior to the sale is obligatory. These include Victoria, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory
Safety certificates can be had – for a fee – from a variety of government-approved inspection stations. A number of governmental websites provide a list of authorised inspection stations whereby you can avail yourself of the necessary documentation. The transport pages of the following websites offer a list of such inspection stations:
Furthermore, the Yellow Pages website also lists local vehicle inspection stations.
The current licensing paperwork should be available for any prospective online buyer to view. Nevertheless, there is no obligation for a warranty when selling online, or when selling within any private capacity for that matter, although any major defects that the car possesses should be made known to the potential buyer.
It should also be noted that if a used car that is to be sold is not in fact within the full possession rights of the seller, then it is illegal to conduct the transaction. For example, if the vehicle is stolen, or it is still within the agreement of loan securement, then it may not be sold online or otherwise.
The prospective seller should also try to obtain a car safety check report in order to enhance the potential for making the sale. This report should be up-to-date – ideally, no older than one month. Further, the details on the safety check report, and also on the certificate of registration should match with the actual vehicle.
Upon Making the Sale
Once the car sale has successfully been transacted, it’s a requirement by law that the state or territory department of transport (or equivalent) be made aware of such a transaction, and about the change in ownership of the vehicle.
Generally, this can be completed simply by completing the paperwork on the back of the vehicle’s registration form. The seller and the buyer must sign the form.
Within most Australian states, the buyer has the responsibility of notifying the motor registry as to the change in vehicle ownership.
For further information on a state-by-state basis, please visit either the Australian government transport registration and licenses pages, or your own states’ website as given below: