Motor vehicles

NCAT can hear and decide an issue or dispute about buying a vehicle from a dealer or getting repairs done in NSW.

Motor vehicle cases are managed through NCAT's Consumer and Commercial Division.

Orders NCAT can make

Motor vehicle consumer claims

NCAT can make orders about motor vehicle consumer claims including:

  • Payment of money
  • That money owed does not have to be paid
  • To provide motor vehicle or services
  • To do work or provide services
  • Fix or replace faulty motor vehicle or part.

For more information about the orders NCAT can make, refer to the Fair Trading Act 1987 and the Australian Consumer Law.

A motor vehicle consumer claim must be against a supplier carrying on a business and not a private person.

Unfair motor vehicle contracts

NCAT can also make orders under the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 that a term of a supply contract is unfair or unjust conduct by a manufacturer in connection with a supply contract.

Check if your matter is affected by federal jurisdiction.

How to apply

You can apply online. Learn how we handle your confidentiality and privacy.

What do I need to do before completing this application?

Gather your evidence

Relevant information includes:

  • Contract or sales invoice
  • Quote, accounts or receipts
  • Vehicle registration
  • Any reports or correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Warranties
  • Witness statements or affidavits.

Correctly identify the other party

To make a claim against a person, business or company, you need to use their correct name or legal entity. You also need the correct address for service. 

If the other party is a business or company, search ASIC's Registers and attach the search to your application.

NCAT may ask you for more information to ensure the other party's details are correct. Not providing correct details can cause delays or the making of unenforceable orders.

Need more information?

Application fee

View our current application fees and charges.

Concession card holders are eligible for a reduced fee. Have your concession card with you when you lodge the application to claim the reduced fee. 

Time limits

For motor vehicle consumer claims, you must apply to NCAT within 3 years of when the problem with the goods or services began. The goods or services must have been supplied to you within 10 years. 

What happens next

Motor vehicle applications are first listed for conciliation and hearing. Check the notice of hearing from NCAT and follow the instructions provided. If your case is not resolved at the first hearing it may be listed for a contested hearing on a later date.

Read the hearing preparation checklist to prepare for your hearing. 

Can someone represent me?

Most people represent themselves at NCAT. You can conduct your own case without a lawyer or other representative. If you want to be represented you can find out more about representation at NCAT.

Organisations that can help

NCAT cannot provide legal advice. For more information, go to Get legal help and advice for organisations that provide free or low-cost legal advice and information. Find out how we can and cannot assist.

Last updated:

19 Nov 2023

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