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Selling an old car in Canberra – is it a hassle?

By THECOACH 21 February 2015 29

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So I have a 2001 Lancer that I want to sell. It’s a fairly old car and it’s got a couple of dents  by the previous owner (only one of them by me!) and rego is about to run out and I really don’t think it’s worth us having two cars so I just want to get rid of it.

For me, it’s been a great car – I got it cheap because of the dents and it’s cost me very little in maintenance or running costs. However, I don’t think any car yards or used car dealers will take it and I’ve been told it’s a major hassle trying to sell an old car in Canberra. Is this true? I’ve heard any car older than eight years requires a road worthy and since you need this done at a mechanic, they’ll generally pick up any small thing cause they know you’ll need to pay it to pass the inspection.

So just wondering, can I sell the car without the roadworthy and let the buyer handle it? The car according to Redbook is worth $1700-$3400 – I’d be willing to sell it for lower than that for a quick sale and if I didn’t have to do any work. But if I sold the car, and the car didn’t pass the roadworthy, do I have to refund the buyer or pay to get the car fixed to pass the roadworthy?

I’ve never sold a car – what is the process?

What’s Your opinion?


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zllauh 4:45 pm 24 Jul 15

Hi Mate,

is the car still available ? Looking for one for my MRS !

wildturkeycanoe 5:49 am 05 Mar 15

I have to say it is VERY important you get the purchaser’s license details onto the notice of disposal, even if it is fake. When you get the speeding ticket or parking infringement, you will be able to show you have identified the buyer and it isn’t your responsibility.
I made the mistake of selling a car for $500 with 2 weeks rego on it. Three weeks later I got a speeding ticket from QLD. It took me several letters, phone calls and two statutory declarations to get out of paying. More hassle than putting the details onto a piece of paper.

Affirmative Action Man 1:55 pm 24 Feb 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

There are plenty of older vehicles around that are in good nick and well maintained, and probably have lots of life in them still.

They aren’t worth anything, though.

Anyone who gets around in a car without airbags & ABS is crazy in my opinion. An acquaintance recently had a head on crash down the south coast – result 2 deaths & only the driver with the airbag survived.

dungfungus 12:40 pm 24 Feb 15

rigseismic67 said :

Make sure you get a copy of there licence. I didn’t and ended up with many parking and other fines that required stat decs to void.
When the rego ran out the car was found on cotter road and the government tried to make me pay the tow costs.

Did you send in the notice of disposal when you sold it?

Antagonist 12:24 pm 24 Feb 15

It depends on the model and the condition. The base models (GL and similar) will get bottom of the range prices around 2ish. Models like the GLXi with some of the creature comforts in good condition will get a price closer to $3k. My advice would be to advertise it for $3k and take any cash offer in the range $2k – $2.5k. Push for the higher end if it still has a few months rego on it.

rigseismic67 12:10 pm 24 Feb 15

Make sure you get a copy of there licence. I didn’t and ended up with many parking and other fines that required stat decs to void.
When the rego ran out the car was found on cotter road and the government tried to make me pay the tow costs.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:55 am 24 Feb 15

There are plenty of older vehicles around that are in good nick and well maintained, and probably have lots of life in them still.

They aren’t worth anything, though.

Maya123 11:26 am 24 Feb 15

A few years ago now, but when I sold my last car, aged 21, I didn’t have it inspected and was not asked to when I transferred the registration.

watto23, even if a car is over 15 years old, it doesn’t mean they are all about to break down. My 21 year old Ford laser was still going very well, and besides it had a reconditioned motor. In fact it was driving better than when new. A problem it came with when new took a year or two before a motor mechanic was found that could diagnose and fix it (he said it was easy to fix), despite others spending hours on it multiple times. Fortunately I didn’t have to pay for these hours. After that was fixed it ran well.
Some cars are treated better over the years than others.
The previous car to that, a Mazda 1300, I sold at 13 years old. Then I didn’t see it for many years, until unexpectedly I found it parked in my work car park. It would then have been 25 to 30 years old. It was still going, although a little more scratched. This, despite that I tipped the car when it was less than a year old, taking a bend on the old gravel Majura Lane (as it was called then). To make sure I was thoroughly embarrassed, I did this feat in front of two cars full of people parked off plane watching. The car was panel beaten, it’s popped out front window put back in and I drove it for many more years. Then others drove it for many more years.

dungfungus 11:06 am 24 Feb 15

Dreadnaught1905 said :

Not exactly correct, Dungers.

You don’t need a Certificate of Inspection to sell a car (or buy a car, for that matter).
You may need one to transfer the registration (depending on the age of the car, etc). Transfer of the registration is the responsibility of the purchaser, not the vendor (for private sales).

It’s worth noting that transfer of registration and the sale of the vehicle are entirely separate issues.

Info here:

http://www.rego.act.gov.au/registration/acquiring-or-disposing-of-a-vehicle/selling-an-act-registered-vehicle

The OP referred to the assumption the new buyer would be would be transferring the registration and that was the context of my response.
I am aware that sale and registration are two separate issues and I have alluded to that in post #2 on this thread.

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