The seven 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.

Has the car ever been crashed?
Has any bodywork been done to the vehicle ?
Has any major mechanical work been done on the vehicle ?
What is the correct mileage for this vehicle?
How many previous owners has the vehicle had?
Is there any outstanding finance on the vehicle?
When was the last full service carried out on the vehicle?

Geraldine Herbert


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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