Things to know when buying a pre-owned car
Here are some things to know when buying a preowned car from a private seller:
Car Finance Outstanding
If you buy a car that has a car finance or PCP plan outstanding, you have bought a car from someone who does not actually own the car. This can leave you open to the car company repossessing the car and short a lot of money. Do your research.
Find a mechanic to look over the car thoroughly before handing over any cash. If the seller refuses to allow this, find another seller!
Cars that look perfect on the outside are not necessarily so underneath. Don’t be fooled by charms and good looks!
Proof of Ownership
Make sure you are not buying a stolen car and that the seller has every legal right to sell it. Ask to see the logbook to prove the legitimacy of ownership.
Does the car have a valid NCT?
You cannot legally drive a car that does not have an NCT. Be wary of buying a car where the NCT is very close to expiring. It could be that the seller does not think it will pass which would indicate problems with the car.