Dear Lifehacker, I am heading to Brisbane on Wednesday to look for a car. Being more-so from a “geek” background I myself do not have the greatest idea of what to look for in a car. I was wondering if you have any tips on the things to look for when buying a new or used car? Cheers, Aaron
The one quick resource I will offer is who to get in contact with in each state to check the actual ownership details for a car — no-one wants to buy a vehicle and discover it was stolen. Here's the numbers you need:
NSW, ACT and NT: Register of Encumbered Vehicles, 9633 6333 (Sydney) or 1800 424 988 (elsewhere), www.revs.nsw.gov.au Victoria: Vehicle Securities Register, 131 171 Queensland: Register of Encumbered Vehicles, 1300 658 030 South Australia: Vehicle Securities Register, 131 084 Western Australia: Register of Encumbered Vehicles, 1300 304 024 Tasmania: DIER Motor Registry, 1300 135 513, www.transport.tas.gov.au
Good luck with the car shopping!