If the used car you buy is leased or has money owing on it, the financial institution involved can take steps to have the vehicle repossessed from you, even though you were unaware of the situation. You can find out more from the Office of Fair Trading.
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Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance is collected with vehicle registration. It indemnifies vehicle owners and drivers who are legally liable for personal injury to any other party in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Registration also allows common safety standards to be enforced and provides an efficient system to prevent the re-registration of stolen vehicles.
All registered cars in Queensland must have a current Safety Certificate before they are offered for sale. Significant fines apply for failing to display a current Safety Certificate.
In the case of a private sale the Safety Certificate is valid for a period of two months or 2,000km, while for dealers the Safety Certificate is valid for three months or 1,000km - whichever comes first. You should check that the certificate is valid before you commit to the purchase, as the transfer of registration cannot be completed without one.