Buying a Used Car

Transfer of Registration

A licensed motor vehicle dealer may offer to process the transfer of registration for you, but in the case of a private sale, it is the buyer’s responsibility to transfer the registration of a second hand vehicle within 14 days of purchase. When applying for this, a transfer fee is payable along with the stamp duty.

Note: Legislation introduced in January 2009 now requires the seller to forward the disposal notice to a Transport SA service centre either in person or by post within 14 days of the sale. Failure to comply with this requirement will incur an expiation fee of $160.