Buying a used car requires compliance with rules that may protect against the purchase of a faulty or stolen vehicle. It is important to check both the origin of the car and the identity of the person selling the vehicle.
Buying a car, also a used one, is usually a joyful moment. Changing the car for a new one, the vision of the possibility of free movement, the first car, all this means that buyers often buy cars that are so-called “Price bargain.” Only after some time it may turn out that the car is faulty or worse comes from theft.
How to protect yourself from dishonest sellers? What to consider when buying a car? How not to be fooled?
Buying a used car – the most common lies of dishonest sellers
Before buying a car, it is worth obtaining as much information as possible about a given car model. It is recommended to look at the thematic forums and look for information about the average price of the vehicle, the most common defects as well as the pros and cons of a given model. It is also worth finding out what sale tricks are used by dishonest people.
Among the most common “tricks” of dishonest sellers are:
- reverse vehicle mileage
- falsifying vehicle documents, e.g. vehicle books
- rewriting the VIN identification number – forging the identification plate or its damage, e.g. in place of digits indicating the year of manufacture of the car
- requesting payment for a car or making an advance payment without a potential buyer being able to see the vehicle first, e.g. payment for a car that has not yet been imported into the country
- falsification of purchase and sale contracts – drawing up contracts without document verification or contracts on the person who is the actual owner, but is not physically present at the transaction
- sale of stolen cars – this practice requires the involvement of many people, but it is possible. If we buy a stolen car, we will lose not only money, but also a car that comes from a crime
- sporadically used car, the need to sell due to travel, often in the announcements you can find such statements, which, however, can not be verified in any way. You might as well be selling a car because it started to break down.
What is the cost, what should you pay attention to and does it pay off?
Commissioner Ewa Szymańska-Sitkiewicz from the KSP Department of Social Communication argues: It is also absolutely necessary to avoid buying a car from an agent who offers a vehicle with a contract unilaterally filled with data from a foreign ownership document / registration certificate, which is deprived of the details of this agent. In this situation, no argument for the buyer should be the person’s desire to avoid turnover tax.
Compliance with the rules for buying a used car may protect us from buying a defective copy. So what to look for when buying a used car.
- The method of presenting information in the advertisement
- Information whether the car is accident-free
- Paint and body condition
- The state of the gear shift knob, steering wheel and seats
- Mileage of the car
- The occurrence of corrosion
- Condition of consumables
- Perform a car inspection at the diagnostic station
- Formal issues
- Check car history
The method of presenting information in the advertisement
Every seller, regardless of whether it is a trader or a natural person, wants to sell his car at a favorable price. Certainly, in most ads we will find information on the advantages of the vehicle and recent repairs. Car defects are rarely described. Most often, when we find such information in the description, it turns out that they are at the very end of the advertisement.
If the advertisement is of interest to you, it is worth calling the telephone number provided in it. During a phone conversation it is good to ask, among others for the technical condition of the vehicle, recent repairs and items requiring replacement, accident history. A telephone conversation will allow us to “feel” whether the seller accurately answers all questions and does not try to hide anything. Such a conversation is necessary, especially if the offer comes from a city far away from us. If something arouses our suspicions, it is worth giving up travel and checking other offers.