How to check if a car is not stolen before purchase

12/28/2017

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Follow these below basic checks to make sure you are not buying a stolen vehicle.

For foreign second-hand cars

1. Request for the custom papers and check the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car

2. Ensure that you buy from a registered car stand 

3. Check if the used car was repainted, especially the bonnet which is difficult to respray.  

4. Make sure the glass doesn’t have any engraving

The buyers shake hands with the seller

Request for the custom papers and check the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car

>>> See more: 9 most common car-buying mistakes to avoid

For Nigerian second-hand cars

1. Request for customs document and make sure it is original

2. Request for the original car documents

3. Make sure the name on all vehicle documents matches the seller’s name. Otherwise, ask the seller to prove they bought the car from the original owner

The female buyer takes a photo with the male seller

Take a photo with the seller and the car for posterity sake

4. Enter the number plate in FRSC (the federal road safety commission) database to verify it

5. Ensure all vehicle documents are originals and not copied ones.

6. Take a photo with the seller and the car for posterity sake. 

>>> Related post: Buying a secondhand car: important considerations

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