Buyers check list

It is recommended to check that:

Check listThe current registration certificate is in the seller’s name, although this is not proof of ownership

Whoever fills in the Transfer Application as the seller has their name on the current registration certificate

The vehicle has a Queensland safety certificate

The Queensland safety certificate has not expired, or exceeded the 2000 km limit allowed to be travelled before a new safety certificate is required, and identifies the issuing approved inspection station

The Queensland safety certificate is displayed on the vehicle

The vehicle has been inspected by an independent mechanic

If the vehicle runs on gas or is fitted with gas appliances, fittings or systems the vehicle may require a gas certificate and the seller must provide you with this. The certificate must not be more than 3 months old and must be from an authorised gas installer

Both sections of the Transfer of Vehicle Registration form (F3520) have been completed and signed by both the person selling the vehicle and the person buying the vehicle

You (the buyer) must lodge Part A (Transfer Application) of the Transfer of Vehicle Registration Application form at the Queensland Transport Department within 14 days of purchase

You should use the search function on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) to make sure that the vehicle you are buying does not have a security interest over it. For example, if you buy a vehicle that still has money owing on it; the vehicle could be repossessed by the person who lent money against it. A PPSR search will also advise whether the vehicle has been reported as stolen or written-off.

If you buy a vehicle from a motor dealer, they must supply a vehicle search certificate from the PPSR.