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Will my used car warranty from Victoria apply in WA?

Asked by Alex

I recently bought a vehicle in Victoria and got it shipped to WA. Can you tell me if and what any used car warranty applies now the vehicle is here in WA?

Answered by CarsGuide

14 Oct 2020 David Morley

In Victoria, a licensed motor car trader (LMCT) has to provide a statutory warranty of three months or 5000km (whichever comes first) for any used passenger car that has travelled less than 160,000km or is less than 10 years old. The catch is that the warranty is provided by that car trader, so in theory, the car has to be returned to that car-yard in order to have warranty repairs carried out. Certainly, the selling dealer reserves the right under law to attend to the repairs themselves if they wish. Clearly, though, that’s just not practical in your case.

What normally happens in a situation such as yours, Alex, is that any warranty repairs are assessed and sorted by a mechanic more local to you and then the bill is sent to the trader from whom you bought the car. However, this all needs to be organised with the selling dealer before you go and have any work done on the car. There needs to be agreement from the selling trader that he or she is prepared to cover the cost of those repairs. What most people in your situation do is make such an agreement part of the purchase contract at the time they buy the vehicle.

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