Buying a secondhand car
Find out your rights when you buy a second hand car and what to watch out for when you inspect and test drive a car.
What you should think about when choosing a secondhand car.
What to watch out for when buying a secondhand car
Checklist to help you remember what to look for when buying a second-hand car including checking the car's condition, has it been in an accident, has its identity been changed, has the car been clocked, and what to check during and after a test drive.
Options that might be available to you for paying for a car including cash payment, credit arranged by the dealer or yourself, credit or debit cards and part-exchanging your old car.
Getting a vehicle history check can help reduce your chances of buying a car that is being sold illegally. There are several different checks you can make: checking the details held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), getting a private history check, and checking the MOT history.
How to check the mileage on a second-hand car hasn’t been falsified. This is also known as clocking.
How you can ensure the seller of a second-hand car has the right to sell you the car and that you don’t unwittingly buy a car that is stolen or still on hire purchase.
How you can establish the condition of a secondhand car by getting an independent report.
Videos about your consumer rights.