Advice on Buying A Used Vehicle
Posted on July 27, 2010 by Number Plates
DVA strongly recommends that anyone considering buying a used car privately should take the following practical steps to limit the chances of being sold a stolen vehicle.
- Always have sight of the Registration Certificate V5C(NI) prior to purchasing a used vehicle.
- Be satisfied that the seller owns the vehicle or is entitled to offer it for sale.
- Ask the seller for proof of identity.
- View the vehicle at the address shown on the Registration Certificate V5C(NI). Be aware that some criminals have been known to rent property and sell vehicles from these premises.
- Check the vehicle identification number (VIN) – sometimes called the chassis number – corresponds with the number on the Registration Certificate V5C(NI). This number can usually be found on a metal plate under the bonnet.
- If you have limited knowledge of vehicles take an experienced person with you.
- Be wary of handing over cash to someone who has been contacted through a mobile number.
- Check if the vehicle has been seriously damaged, notified as stolen or is subject to outstanding finance. The following link shows companies who provide this service for a fee – Consumer Vehicle Check Companies.
- If the vehicle has been seriously damaged, it may have to undergo a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC).
- If you are offered a VIC Pass Certificate you should check it is genuine by telephoning DVA on 0845 402 4000 or International Tel :- +44 120 477 0768.
- Contact the DVA help line on 0845 402 4000 or International Tel :- +44 120 477 0768 where details on the Registration Certificate V5C(NI) can be confirmed and general advice given.
If anyone is offered a vehicle for sale accompanied by a fraudulent Registration Certificate V5C(NI), they should contact their local police station immediately.