If you’re considering buying a used car, you might have several questions. One key consideration is whether to buy from a licensed dealer or a private seller. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. The most important question to ask is, does the used car come with a warranty?

Statutory Warranty

In some cases, a statutory warranty is provided at no additional cost when purchasing a used car from a licensed:

  • Motor dealer
  • Chattel auctioneer

Buying from these sources can offer a statutory warranty, protecting you from financial loss if the vehicle has faults.

Requirements for a Statutory Warranty

Licensed motor car traders must provide a statutory warranty if the car meets these criteria:

  • Less than 10 years old
  • Has traveled less than 160,000 kilometers

The car’s age is determined by the build plate date, usually found on the firewall between the engine and passenger compartments.

Coverage of a Statutory Warranty

A statutory warranty covers most defects in parts that stop working correctly. However, it does not cover defects related to:

  • Items listed on a defect notice with repair cost estimates
  • Accidental damage after vehicle delivery
  • Damage due to misuse or negligence after delivery

Other exclusions include defects in:

  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Radios and audio systems
  • DVD and video display panels
  • GPS and navigation systems
  • Power outlets and cigarette lighters
  • Non-standard alarms and body hardware
  • Tools (except jacks and wheel braces)
  • Light globes and non-standard fog lights
  • Non-standard keyless entry systems and remote keypads

Duration of a Statutory Warranty

A statutory warranty lasts for three months or 5,000 kilometers after purchase, whichever comes first. During this period, the trader must repair any covered faults to ensure the car is in reasonable condition for its age.

Even after the statutory warranty expires, your rights under Australian Consumer Law may still offer protection, depending on factors like the car’s age and condition.

Transfer of Statutory Warranty

A statutory warranty is part of the contract with a licensed motor car trader. If you sell the car privately before the warranty period ends, it does not transfer to the new owner.

Making Claims and Repairs

To claim a repair or replacement for a part not listed above, notify the warrantor with a written notice. They have 5 days to respond and confirm coverage. If they don’t respond, they must accept responsibility for repairs.

For repairs, take the car to the warrantor or an authorized repair shop within 20km of their business. They have 14 days to complete the repairs. Each day your car is in the shop adds an extra day to your warranty term.

If your vehicle is over 200km from the warrantor’s business, they may choose a closer qualified repairer or pay for delivery to another repairer.

Hire the Best Pre-Purchase Car Inspector in Melbourne

To ensure your dream car is in good condition and not a scam, hire a professional inspector like Greasemonkey Inspectors for a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne.

If you’re looking for a reliable pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne, contact Greasemonkey Inspectors today!

Explore our Inspection Packages for more information.

Greasemonkey Inspectors | Melbourne Car Inspection

📞 0481 608 866
📧 support@greasemonkeyinspectors.com
📍 13/324 Settlement Road Thomastown VIC 3074

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *