What you need to know to plan a purchase
If you are buying a used car from a private seller, there are a number of things you need to check out before making an offer. One of those things is whether money is still owed on the vehicle. You can begin by simply asking the seller, however you should also double check by visiting the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). They can let you know if money is owed, or if the car was written off by an insurance company.
If you buy a car with money owing on it, the financier may be entitled to repossess the car.