Buying a Car in Fiji

Important Information on how to buy a car in FIJI

In Fiji used cars can be purchased from car dealerships, private owners, online or at an auction. Most motor registries of any used cars for sale must have a safety certificate.

Buying a car from a dealership

A guarantee of title, legal protection and a warranty is provided when purchasing a used car from a licensed dealership. The guarantee of title ensures that there is no finance owing on the car. Legal requirements on the length of the warranty and repayments if offered will vary with each dealership. There may be no warranty for old or high mileage vehicles.

It is always best to ask as many questions.

Buying a car privately- online - or via auction

When buying a used car privately, online or at an auction, check that the person selling the car is free to do so. Did you know if the car is stolen, or if it is being used to secure a loan then the current owner is not free to sell it.

To carry out an ownership check, the vehicle registration number, engine number and chassis number are generally required.

To find a local register contact your local motor registry for further information.

Buying a car at an auction is often the cheapest way of getting a new car but it is also the riskiest. Auction houses must permit an inspection of the vehicle but most do not allow a test drive. A car purchased at an auction may not come with warranty. The auction house is responsible for ensuring that the car is free to be sold and for providing a completed change of registration form. If the car is not registered, a safety check report no more than one month old should be provided confirming that the car is fit for registration. Again ask as many questions before buying a new or used car.