Second-hand buyers beware

The State’s peak motoring body has issued a warning to buyers in the market for a second-hand vehicle to do their research before they made a purchase.

Seven News reported a Gold Coast couple had their caravan, which they had bought online, seized by police after it was found to be stolen.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding urged buyers to get an independent inspection and a Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) check before they made payment.

“Regardless of whether you’re buying a car, motorcycle, caravan or trailer, it’s always a big decision but one of the most important steps is doing your homework first,” Mr Spalding said.

“Getting an inspection and a PPSR check done early on could save you a whole lot of hassle later, as they’ll determine if there’s any money owed from the previous owner, or if it’s been listed as stolen or written off.”

Mr Spalding reminded buyers to be cautious of online advertisements, as they could be at risk of falling for a potential scam.

“Always be wary if you’re buying off the internet and unable to physically view the vehicle for yourself,” he said.

“Be sure to ask questions, and if you’re in doubt, don’t proceed with the sale.”