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Paperwork - Buying a Car

When buying a new car check the paperwork carefully to ensure you get no nasty surprises.

• Examine the V5C registration document and check the registration date, number of owners and chassis.

• When you complete the sale, ensure that the new owner's section of the V5C is filled out correctly, and that you take the relevant sections with you.

• Look at the service history and see if it has been completed and, if buying a used car, see if important services have been carried out.

• If the car is old enough to require an MoT, check the expiry date to make sure that you can get the car insured.

• Make sure you get an invoice and sales contract showing that you have completed the deal and that the balance has been paid.

• If you’re opting for a finance package from a dealer, check the paperwork and sign.


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