Make sure you check the vehicles history – carry out a HPI check so you know there is no outstanding finance on the car.
Check the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) matches between the V5C (The Tax Book) and the vehicles chassis and carry out the same check with the engine number. If the numbers don’t match the car may be stolen. You can check the mileage against past MOT certificates. The condition of the steering wheel, pedals and seats are also good indicators of mileage. Mismatched colours and different textures of paint can also indicate a collision that has been repaired, look out for overspray. i.e. paint where there shouldn’t be.