Buying or selling a used vehicle
Used car safety ratings
If you are buying a used car, it's worth considering whether your car's safety and design features are likely to protect you or harm other road users in a crash. The Used Car Safety Ratings Buyer's Guide 2012 for Passenger vehicles built 1996-2008 can help you decide whether that car you've set your sights on is right for you. Previous editions of the buyer's guide* are available, with safety ratings of passenger vehicles built as far back as 1982.
How safe is your car?
View the Buying a safer vehicle section before your next purchase, or visit the How Safe Is Your Car* website for detailed information about used car safety ratings and safety features that people should look for when buying used cars.
Buying a used vehicle?
If you are buying a used vehicle you need to ensure that there is a current Queensland safety certificate displayed. A safety certificate identifies the authorised inspection station that issued the certificate, and it must be displayed on the vehicle from the time it is offered for sale.
If a Queensland safety certificate is not displayed, it is likely the vehicle has not been checked and should not be considered for purchase. A buyer's checklist is available.
Selling a vehicle?
If you are selling a registered vehicle, you will need to obtain and display a Queensland safety certificate
from the moment you offer the vehicle for sale. The safety certificate must be displayed on a conspicuous part of the vehicle. Contact an approved inspection station to arrange an inspection. Fees for inspections are paid directly to the station. A seller's checklist is available
If you fail to display a Queensland safety certificate on the vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale you may receive an on-the-spot fine of $550.
Note: You are required to obtain and display a safety certificate on a registered vehicle when it is being offered for sale, even if you plan on cancelling the registration when the vehicle is sold.
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