When you are buying a used car such as 2017 acura mdx you want to be certain it is roadworthy. It can be risky in a private sale as it is easy to make it look like a car is fine when it is not. It is a big mistake for a seller to sell you a car that is not roadworthy as it is actually against the law. However as you know there are always scammers out there willing to take their chances if it seems like easy money. Make sure that you buy from one of the good guys!
About MOT Certificates
Some people believe that if a car owner shows them a MOT certificate that means the car is good to go. This is in fact not true. An MOT only tells you the car passed safety checks on the day the test was done. A lot can go wrong in that time. Instead it is better to do an independent report that will tell you what you want to know about the true condition of the car in question. An independent report has information regarding the true condition of the car, whether the price asked is fair and if there are any serious faults or signs serious faults may occur in the near future. Motor Codes can provide you with companies that perform the reports in your area.
Signs of Car Issues
There are a few telltale signs the car you are considering has issues including:
- The brakes do not seem to be working properly
- Headlights or taillights are not working or flickering
- The tires are in poor condition
- The mirrors are broken or hanging loosely
- Seatbelts are faulty
- The exhaust is not working properly
Remember that just because a car is capable of driving does not necessarily mean it is roadworthy. A car must have all safety features perfectly functioning that is why something as seemingly unnecessary as a mirror can be a reason to be pulled over and fined. It is in your best interest to ensure you have a MOT certification as well as an independent report so you know you are not going to be driving a car that is unsafe.
After the Sale
If you do make the mistake of buying from a private seller and run into problems have the car checked out right away. It is actually against the law to sell a car that is not roadworthy. You will not be responsible for buying a car in good faith. Be careful what it says on the receipt (in fact be careful that you ask for a receipt) as it is perfectly legal to sell a car that is not roadworthy for scrap or repairs. If you do buy a car that was advertised in this fashion that indicates this on the receipt or that was sold where a sign was marked with this information than it will in fact be you who is at fault for driving it and you who could be committing a criminal offence. It is also important to note that should the car be found unworthy your insurance will be invalid as well.