The majority of vehicles purchased today are previously owned. That means that the buyer needs to ask for certain documentation. It doesn’t matter if the seller is a private owner or a sales dealership, getting a car that is in the best condition with no history of major repair work is always important. It doesn’t matter if someone is looking at used cars Scotland or a more specific area such as used cars in Glasgow, all used cars need to have the service history information and possibly a MOT certificate, depending on the vehicle’s age.
Even when the car is only last year’s model, the buyer can ask the seller to put it through a MOT inspection to ensure that there aren’t any problems not visible to the eye or the ear. As a sign of goodwill, most dealerships will do a new MOT inspection anyway. The buyer may need to ask a private seller to have a new inspection done. A vehicle may already have a validate MOT done several months ago, but that does not disclose if the vehicle developed any issues or was involved in an accident since the test. A new MOT inspection is a good selling point for both the buyer and the seller.
If someone is considering a purchase from a private owner, it is a good precaution to have the vehicle road tested by a mechanic. The mechanic is a third party individual, neither buying nor selling the vehicle. But, the mechanic can tell the potential buyer if there are any issues that may cost the buyer repair bills after a sale.
Knowing a car’s performance worthiness and if there are any minor issues, like worn tires or a malfunctioning turn signal, can work to the buyer’s advantage. With full knowledge of a vehicle’s current condition, and if the buyer is interested in the car, it’s possible to work out a lower purchase price to acquire the car as is. This can be a win-win situation for lowering the selling price; the owner will not need to repair the car to MOT standards and the buyer will make the required repairs in exchange for a lower purchase price.
A properly functioning road ready vehicle will serve its owner faithfully for many years and have a good trade in value when the owner purchases another car in the future.