When obtaining quotations from dealers, buyers should ask for the ‘on-road’ or ‘changeover’ (when trading in) price. This includes compulsory third party insurance, registration (if unregistered) or transfer of registration, motor vehicle duty, number plate fees (if unregistered) and adjustment for trade-in vehicle. Other costs when purchasing a used vehicle include inspection fees, comprehensive or third party property insurance and operating costs such as roadside assistance, fuel and maintenance.
Dealer’s advertised prices are usually negotiable and discounts may be negotiated for fleet bulk purchasing and by building relationships with preferred suppliers. Used vehicles can also be sourced from auctions and private sales.
Other important considerations besides the cost of a used car include maintenance history, vehicle specifications and safety ratings.
- Typical costs for buying and operating a used vehicleInformation about the typical costs for buying and operating a used vehicle.
- 'Whole-of-life' and operating costsInformation about 'whole-of-life' costs and operating costs.
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