Used car purchase document check list

Before buying a used car, you must confirm that whoever is selling has the right to sell it. Therefore, it is essential that you check your car’s paperwork carefully. The vehicle should have genuine documents that contain information on its previous owners and maintenance history. If you cannot be find all the documents discussed below, ran away don’t walk.

The LogBook

This document contains crucial information about the car such as the current and previous owner (s). Make sure to fill the new keeper section of the LogBook and sent it to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) after buying a used car

Vehicle history check

You can find car information such as engine size, color, CO2 emissions, tax rate, SORN status, registration date from DVLA website. You can easily get a used car history information by the AA, RAC, HPI Check and many other firms for approximately £20.

They can conduct a thorough research on records held by the DVLA, the police, finance houses and insurance firms to find out if the cars has been involved in any accident or stolen, or have any loans against it.

MOT certificate

Vehicles that are more than 3years old should have an annual MOT to sure they meet environmental and road safety. Without MOT, they cannot be insured thus they will be on the road illegally. The mileage shown on the MOT certificate should match exactly with the one shown on the car odometer. The vehicle registration and chassis number of the car should also match the ones declared on the MOT certificates.

Car tax

The police and DVLA now use electronic registers to find out if you have paid your car tax. Therefore, if you buy a used car, the tax is non transferrable. So you need to tax it before using.


Finally, the seller of the used car should write a receipt if you have decided to buy it. The receipt must contain the make, engine size, model, chassis and registration number, seller’s address, your address, the amount of money paid and it must be signed off and dated by both of you.