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 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

10th September, 2018



Author: Geraldine Herbert

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

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