Check the car's ownership history

Find out how many owners the car had and how it was used.

Car ownership history

Buying a used car is always a considerable investment and therefore needs to be carefully thought-out. Before you call the vehicle your own, you should not only rely on a visual inspection, but also check the seller's information on the technical condition. A good way to measure this is by the number of previous owners, the length of time the vehicle has been in service and what it was used for (taxi, rental, private, etc.).

Important things to look at when buying a used car

If it has passed through many hands in short intervals, this could be an indication of a hidden defect. Maybe there was a reason why the owners wanted to get rid of the car quickly. Proceed with caution here.

A CARFAX Vehicle History Report can help, as it provides information regarding how many hands the car has passed through. Equally important is the respective holding period, which is included in the vehicle history report. Furthermore, you can find out how the vehicle was used (commercially or privately).

This is because the EU Consumer Protection Act does not apply to transactions between private individuals.

Only when a company has sold to a consumer, is the European Consumer Center warned. This means guarantees and similar consumer protection tools do not apply here.

It may have belonged to a field worker or service vehicle, which constantly drives through the country. In these cases (or scenarios) wear and tear cannot be avoided, even in the most expensive cars.

However, the opposite could also be true. If the vehicle was only used as a secondary car, there is a possibility that the car’s mileage is very low. Additionally, if the rarely used car was still in the garage, Additionally, if the car was rarely used and sat parked in the garage, that may be great news! But these are lucky cases, and they tend to be the exception rather than the rule.

Check in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises

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