Buying a car is one of the most crucial tasks one has to endure. It takes an insane amount of technicalities to finally be able to own a vehicle. But the fact is, as tough as the process might seem, it really is important to own a ride.
There are a number of legal details you need to keep track of before considering to buy a new or used car. We’ve penned down a few for you so you can have a general idea of what you need to do.
1. Title transfer and registration
First thing’s first, if your vehicle is not registered properly, you will not be legally allowed to drive it around. If you’re buying your ride through a dealership, most of the times they help you with the paper work and the fees needed, which will include the title transfer and registration.
It is much easier to file out the DVLA-related paperwork through a dealership since it saves you the time for that pointless trip to their office. You can easily receive the plates in your mail in 2-3 days’ time. Otherwise, when buying from a private seller, you will have to stand in line for hours at end and pay several hundred dollars to get the job done.
2. Vehicle registration number plate
Upon being registered, your vehicle will be appointed a number plate which will determine the area code and the age of your vehicle through the standard 7 digit code functional in the UK. The good news for you is that you can get this personalized according to your liking but keeping in mind a number of terms and conditions for the process. For further information, you can visit CarReg.co.uk and get all the details about number plates.
Given the consequences, it’s never sensible to drive around without the insurance of your vehicle even if you’re just going around the block. In case you’ve received your ride’s VIN beforehand, you can contact your insurer to get things sorted before your ride off in your vehicle.
One of the reasons why it’s recommended to get it done ahead of time is that a lot of dealerships don’t let you drive off with your ride without checking the proof of insurance. It also proves to be advantageous because this way you can find out the insurance cost and add that in your overall budget.
4. Used car sales tax
Another benefit of buying the vehicle from a dealership is that they will do the required working to find out your used car sales tax and add that in your final bill so you don’t have to worry about getting that done later. However, buying a car from a private seller will, again, involve getting this done on your own.
5. MOT (Ministry Of Transport) certified
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Moreover, under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, it is clearly stated that any goods sold in UK must be of satisfactory quality and in accordance with the description put forth by the seller.So you better steer clear of any glitches.
These are some basic legal things you need to keep track of while considering to buy your own ride. Once you cross this bridge, you can enjoy the drive on your ride to the fullest.