Some Checks To Consider Before Buying A Used Car Privately
Buying a used car privately
- You won’t have the same legal protection as you would if buying from a dealer.
- It’s up to you to ask the right questions and inspect the car thoroughly before you buy.
- It’s a good idea to get a thorough car Check to make sure there’s no shady past.
Because your legal rights are more limited, unscrupulous dealers may masquerade as private sellers:
- Be very wary if a private seller wants to meet you somewhere other than at their home, or if their name is not on the Vehicle registration document.
- A dealer pretending to be a private seller is committing a criminal offence.
The only legal terms that cover a private sale contract are:
- The seller must have the right to sell the car.
- The vehicle should match the description given by the seller.
- The car must be roadworthy – it is a criminal offence to sell an unroadworthy car and an MOT, Road Worthy Certificate from a test several months ago is no guarantee that the car is roadworthy today.
Check A Car’s History
Doing some simple checks will reduce your chances of buying a car that’s being sold illegally or has had major repairs. You can also find out if the current owner still owes money on the car.
It doesn’t take long or cost much. You should consider doing this no matter who you buy from.
Before You Buy the Vehicle Check From Local DVLA
Ask the seller for the car’s:
- Registration number (on the number plate)
- MOT test number
- make and model
If some of the minor details don’t match, you can ask the seller to clarify – it might be a simple mistake. But if you’re suspicious that the seller gave you fake details then you shouldn’t buy the car.