Young car buyers can now use a new free mobile phone app to check if a car seller is rorting them.
Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts launched the free phone app, My Next Car, at Granville Boys High, today.
The new app, allows users to take a photo of cars they like, record their details, use inspection checklists, compare cars side-by-side, order a debt check on the vehicle and calculate loan repayments.
“If you are thinking of buying a second-hand car, the app can link directly to a national database where, for a small fee, you can check if there is any money owing on the vehicle. The last thing anyone wants when they buy a car is for a loan company to turn up and repossess it because the previous owner failed to pay off their loan.”
A mechanic from Centennial Park Automotive, Spiro Zenos welcomed the new app. “We don’t want young people buying a problem car,” he said.
Fair Trading representatives were promoting the app to young people handing out lemon-shaped car air fresheners and lollies throughout Sydney yesterday.
The app will be available for android users later this month. For consumers who do not own a smartphone, Fair Trading NSW has advice for car buyers on its website www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au – Sarah Belle Goodson