Thinking of buying at auction? Here are some things to consider.disclaimer
You could pick up a bargain at an auction, but you should consider you may not get to test drive or inspect that car. If you do get the opportunity to inspect, check the car thoroughly. From the electrics and windscreen wipers to the tread on the tyres, the jack and spare tyre in the boot, check it all and everything in between.
Before the auction, check whether you get a roadworthy certificate and what warranty or cooling-off period is included with the sale.
Even if the car has a roadworthy certificate, consider inspecting the car carefully. You can also consider the kilometres that have been done for the vintage of the car. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates the typical mileage to be around 12,100kms per yeardisclaimer(2020).
Ask the seller to guarantee that the car is free from all security interests. You can also check this by going to the Personal Property Securities Register website.