Before you decide to buy a car, read its history for free.

  • If buying from a dealer, is it reputable and does it belong to the Motor Industries Federation (MIF)?
  • What type of warranty do they offer?
  • Are there any warrantees and guarantees still available on the car and will this transfer on change of ownership?
  • Is it being sold for a fair price (use the internet to do some research)?
  • Is there an authentic service history available that can be verified?
  • Can you test drive the car?
  • Has the vehicle been in any accidents? Does the car have a low mileage?
  • Is the mileage on the odometer correct and can it be verified?
  • When last was the cambelt changed?
  • Is there a mechanical report on the car? (If not, consider doing one before the transaction is concluded.)
  • Are there signs of oil leaks and rust?
  • Are there dashboard cracks? (This could indicate that the car has been standing in the sun, and might mean that the other rubbers – such as window rubbers – are also damaged.)

Registration

Once the deal has been agreed to, the vehicle must then be registered in the new owner’s name. Both the buyer and seller are involved in this procedure. The following documentation is required:

  1. Identification document;
  2. The seller’s vehicle registration certificate;
  3. A roadworthy certificate;
  4. Proof of purchase or Sales Agreement;
  5. A valid motor vehicle licence;
  6. The completed registration application form.

Sales Agreement

This contract is necessary for the transfer of ownership of the vehicle, and should include:

  1. Names, addresses, ID number, and contact details of both parties;
  2. Details of the vehicle: make, model, registration number, VIN number, registration number, colour, odometer reading;
  3. Time, date and location of the sale;
  4. Purchase amount.

There’s no doubt that buying or selling a car privately is a complicated procedure, so tread with caution and don’t hesitate to get advice. In doing so, you could be rewarded with a great car for years to come.