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Advice for buying on online auctions

From Miriam O'Connor, Consumer NZ

Top Tips for buying online

- Check seller's history thoroughly

- Ask questions of the seller

- Know the usual retail price

- For high value items, consider using an escrow service for the payment

- Check car has a Warrant of Fitness, get a mechanic to inspect it and check there is no money owing on the vehicle

- Print and keep all original auction details and any communication with the seller