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Buying a Car in Western Australia

Many legal disputes arise over the purchase of a vehicle. When buying a car in WA, it is important to know the differences in your rights and responsibilities when purchasing from a private seller compared to a dealership. The old saying ‘buyer beware’ is the mantra for all people buying second hand cars from a private seller.

There is little protection when buying a car in WA privately, and you should make sure you know what you are buying. On the other hand vehicles purchased through a dealership do have some level of protection by consumer guarantees and warranties, though you need to be aware of the contract that you are signing.

There are many things you should consider before you purchase a vehicle. These include: the condition of the car to make sure you are not buying a lemon, are there any warranties, is it subject to finance, is there car already under finance and being used as security, and the cost of the vehicle licence duty.

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