So you’re looking for your perfect car but don’t want to limit your options to the area you live in. But how can you be sure you’ll love a car from a different state if you can’t test drive or physically inspect it? We’ve put together a few hot tips to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
The internet is your best friend
Whether you’re buying from a dealer, a private seller or an auction house, there should be a significant amount of information available to you via the internet. Keep an eye out for:
- Service history for used vehicles
- A condition report for used vehicles
- If the car comes with warranty
Make sure to factor the following things into your budget:
- Registration (needs to be transferred to your name within 14 days)
- Varying roadworthy and safety certificates between states
- Does it need a lead additive for old cars?
Fancy a trip?
The best way to ensure you’re getting exactly the car you want is to go and inspect it yourself. We particularly recommend this for used vehicles or those you are purchasing for project cars. Paying a little extra money for a plane ticket could save you thousands on a car that doesn’t live up to its expectations.
If you can’t manage to travel to test drive and inspect a car you are interested in, see if you can find a friend or family member with a similar car. This will give you a general idea of if it is the right fit for you. Check your sight lines, seat adjustments and if the power is suitable to your needs. Remember, it won’t be exactly the same, but it’s better than going in blind!
Alternate inspection options
RACQ, NRMA and RACV all conduct general vehicle inspections to make sure that your car is roadworthy and safe. These can be arranged over the phone, and the inspector will verify that your car meets predetermined safety criteria.
If you aren’t a fan of long-haul drives, you can arrange to transport your car home via a reliable car carrying company. Door to Door Car Carrying will pick up your vehicle from its residing location and drop it at your front door. It doesn’t even have to be running, which is perfect for individuals purchasing project cars interstate!
Found your dream car interstate? Contact Door to Door Car Carrying today for a free quote on transporting your vehicle home!