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Buying a vehicle in australia, legal ins and outs

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1. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

I'm looking at buying a campervan here in NSW, but it has Vic plates on it. I'm trying to figure out all the legal stuff for registering the vehicle. Its "rego" is up in March and from what I understand Id have to drive it back to Vic to get the road worthy certificate and register it. I'm told if I transfer the rego to NSW it will go through a much more stringent inspection. Can anyone in the know give an outline of all the do's and dont's of buying a used vehicle in regards to registration. I know each state has different requirements. Ive been told Queensland is the slackest. So if I bought this vehicle I might make a trip up to Queensland and re register it there, since im In Byron and close to the state line and I have a friend up there that I could use their address.

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

Rego is confusing in Australia because of the different state laws. When I was interstate and my NSW registered 4x4 needed an inspection I took it to a certified mechanic and he did a "NSW rego inspection" on it and then I just paid the fees and it was renewed for another year. Maybe you can do something similar with a Vic registered van, the best place to find out would be the RTA office.

I think transferring the van to NSW or QLD plates would be too much trouble as it goes through a complete safety inspection, and depending on the mechanic might be quite difficult.

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4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

Quoting Dodger

I'm looking at buying a campervan here in NSW, but it has Vic plates on it. I'm trying to figure out all the legal stuff for registering the vehicle. Its "rego" is up in March and from what I understand Id have to drive it back to Vic to get the road worthy certificate and register it.

You don't need to get a roadworthy in Victoria to pay for rego if the vehicle is already registered in Victoria. NSW requires a yearly roadworthy, but VIC doesn't - the only time a VIC registered vehicle requires a roadworthy is when it's being sold.

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting Dodger

I'm looking at buying a campervan here in NSW, but it has Vic plates on it. I'm trying to figure out all the legal stuff for registering the vehicle. Its "rego" is up in March and from what I understand Id have to drive it back to Vic to get the road worthy certificate and register it.

You don't need to get a roadworthy in Victoria to pay for rego if the vehicle is already registered in Victoria. NSW requires a yearly roadworthy, but VIC doesn't - the only time a VIC registered vehicle requires a roadworthy is when it's being sold.

Ok but it is being sold, sold to me, so you are saying i'd be required to drive it back to Vic and get the roadworthy done before I could get it registered to me?

6. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting timtravels

Rego is confusing in Australia because of the different state laws. When I was interstate and my NSW registered 4x4 needed an inspection I took it to a certified mechanic and he did a "NSW rego inspection" on it and then I just paid the fees and it was renewed for another year. Maybe you can do something similar with a Vic registered van, the best place to find out would be the RTA office.

I think transferring the van to NSW or QLD plates would be too much trouble as it goes through a complete safety inspection, and depending on the mechanic might be quite difficult.

Yup your right there, it is confusing, think calling RTA is the only way to go, thanks.

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

Quoting Dodger

Ok but it is being sold, sold to me, so you are saying i'd be required to drive it back to Vic and get the roadworthy done before I could get it registered to me?

The seller is responsible for obtaining a roadworthy (for Victoria). Not sure how possible that is for a seller to do in a different state.

Remember also, the purchaser of a car is responsible for paying state government stamp duty - although if you buy a vehicle and have proof of stamp duty being paid, if you transfer registration to a different state you don't normally need to pay stamp duty to the new state.

As timtravels said, rego can be confusing in Australia because of the states doing their own thing - it's usually best to buy a vehicle registered in the state of purchase, unless it's a really good vehicle for you.

8. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting Dodger

Ok but it is being sold, sold to me, so you are saying i'd be required to drive it back to Vic and get the roadworthy done before I could get it registered to me?

The seller is responsible for obtaining a roadworthy (for Victoria). Not sure how possible that is for a seller to do in a different state.

Remember also, the purchaser of a car is responsible for paying state government stamp duty - although if you buy a vehicle and have proof of stamp duty being paid, if you transfer registration to a different state you don't normally need to pay stamp duty to the new state.

As timtravels said, rego can be confusing in Australia because of the states doing their own thing - it's usually best to buy a vehicle registered in the state of purchase, unless it's a really good vehicle for you.

Do the plates stay with the vehicle in Vic? I'm reading something about transfer of plates. phew your not wrong about it being confusing. And yeah its a pretty good vehicle that if I can get it for the right price will be worth the hassle.