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Check out this page for valuable information and tips to buy and sell a car!



Buying a vehicle


Buying a car, van or motorbike isn’t something you buy every day, so sometimes deciding which one to choose can be hard. You can get to know a lot about the vehicle by asking the seller questions. It can save you a lot of trouble.
 
 
What should I look out for?
 
Check the general condition of the car – like mismatched paintwork and rust. Also check tyre condition and have a look at the engine. But also make sure to get in the driver’s seat and check that the features work. Like electric windows and mirrors, lights, the A/C unit, windscreen wipers, etc.
 
 
If you have doubts
 
Ask for paperwork. An honest seller should have the logbook, service history and MOT certificates ready for you to look at. Check that what’s on paper matches what you’re seeing and what the seller has told you about the vehicle.
 
Also make sure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) matches across the vehicle. You’re usually be able to find this in the logbook, but also on the front/read windscreen, a metal plate on the engine or stamped on the body next to the driver’s seat. If you think the number has been touched in any way, ask why.
 
If you’re still unsure, you can always get a background check on the vehicle by putting in the registration number on the DVLA website. If the car was stolen or written off, this check will tell you.


Take the vehicle for a test drive. If it feels or sounds strange, make sure to check why.
 
 
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I’m happy to buy. Anything else I should be careful of?

If you like the vehicle and you’re gonna buy it, try to be as careful as possible when paying. Don’t carry large sums of cash on you, but go to a bank instead.
 
Be careful if someone asks you to pay online. Make sure you see the car and if you’ve met in person, why not pay in person? If you absolutely have to pay online, take all the necessary precautions and make sure you are entitled to payment protection.
 
 
Common signs that it’s a scam
 
-  The seller will tell you the vehicle is abroad or very far away from your location
-  They will ask you for a deposit before you even see the vehicle
-  Whoever’s selling will insist you use escrow service or other unprotected payment services
-  And if it’s cheap and too good to be true…we all know how that goes…


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