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Acquiring a used car from a seller

You must get a signed and dated statement whenever you accept a used car from a seller.

This will be the same if you acquire the vehicle by:

You don’t need to do this if you’re acquiring from:

  • your financier (such as when you pay off a loan to your bank)
  • another motor dealer
  • a motor vehicle auctioneer.

Seller’s details

You must get details of the seller. This includes their:

  • name and address
  • driver's licence number.

If you are an auctioneer, they must include their reserve price.

Vehicle details

They must also give you details of the vehicle. This includes its:

  • make, model and colour
  • identifying details
  • history.

Identifying details

You must get the vehicle’s identifying details, including:

  • its engine number (or chassis number if it’s a caravan)
  • its identification number
  • its registration number
  • the build date.

Vehicle history

They must include the details of the vehicle history, including:

  • its odometer reading (both in words and figures)
  • if the odometer has ever been replaced
  • if the engine has ever been replaced (including the date, if known).

They must also tell you if the vehicle has a mortgage or security attached to it. This must include:

  • how much is still owing
  • who the lender is.

You must guarantee clear title on a vehicle before you can sell it.