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Car warranties

Used cars in NSW that are less than 10 years old and have not travelled more than 160,000km are covered by a Statutory Warranty. This warranty may entitle you to take the car back to the dealer to have them make repairs for problems that appear in the first 3 months or 5,000km after delivery. What repairs you may be entitled to under a warranty will depend on the type of warranty that covers the car.

All used cars sold by licensed car dealers will have a vehicle description form on their windscreen. This form will show the dealer's name, the cash price and other details such as engine number, speedometer reading and if a warranty applies.

Warranty forms

  • A Form 4 indicates that the car has a standard Statutory Warranty (3 months or 5,000km).
  • A Form 6 indicates that a standard Statutory Warranty applies but the dealer is not going to repair certain items that don't affect safety, such as air conditioning.
  • A Form 8 indicates that the car is not covered by a Statutory Warranty. It's over 10 years old or has travelled more than 160,000km.

Cars sold with a Form 6 or Form 8 must be sold with a safety check report (pink slip) that states that the car is roadworthy.

All new cars are covered by a statutory 12 month or 20,000km warranty. Some manufacturers extend this warranty for example, providing a 3 year or 100,000km warranty.


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Last Updated: 26 November 2012

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