The eight most important questions to ask when buying a used car

Sellers have a legal responsibility to give you accurate and truthful answers so ensure you ask the right questions  writes Geraldine Herbert

When buying from a private seller you do not have the same consumer rights as you do when buying a car from a dealership,  it is very much a case of ‘buyer beware. However, it is an offence for a seller to withhold or provide misleading information about the car so with this in mind there are important questions you must ask.

  1. Has the car ever been crashed?
  2. Has any bodywork been done to the vehicle?
  3. Has any major mechanical work been done on the vehicle?
  4. What is the correct mileage for this vehicle?
  5. How many previous owners has the vehicle had?
  6. Is there any outstanding finance on the vehicle?
  7. When was the last full service carried out on the vehicle?
  8. Has the car been imported and if so, have all relevant charges been paid (VAT, VRT etc)?


Geraldine Herbert



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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