Don't get caught out when buying a car privately in Australia.

With private sales being the biggest market of car sales in Australia, its important to know the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. These hints will help make sure you don't experience the sour taste of buying a lemon on your next private vehicle purchase.

1. Have an identifying inspection of the vehicle to make sure the engine, VIN, registration and odemeter numbers are all correct.

2. Take your vehicle through the Personal Properties Security Register (PPSR) process to ensure the potential vehicle is not stolen or under finance.

3. Secure a write-off report to provide peace of mind that the vehicle hasn't been written off by an insurance company and then repaired by someone else.

If you are planning to buy a car privately, we can still provide you with a car loan. To speak to someone about your car finance options, contact Aussie Car Loans on 1300 769 999.