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Buying a Used Electric Car From a Private Seller

You have very few legal rights if you have bought the vehicle from a private seller rather than a dealer.

The vehicle doesn't have to be of satisfactory quality. However, if the seller offers a description of the vehicle, it must match the description given. It must also be roadworthy and the seller must have 'good title' to the vehicle...ie their name and address on the V5 registration Document . This means that they must be the legal owner in order to sell it to you.

If the vehicle doesn't match the description given, you may be entitled to compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation if you have bought an unroadworthy car from a private seller, which has caused injury to someone. However, it may be especially difficult to get compensation from a private seller.

You will only be able to claim against a private seller for one of the following reasons:
- the vehicle doesn't match the description they gave you
- the seller broke a specific contract term
- the seller was actually a dealer posing as a private seller
- the seller did not have good title to the vehicle
- the vehicle is unroadworthy.

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18/11/19 No need for doubt, Eco-Cars will look after you! Let's face it: Buying a car is a real hassle - It's not so much about doing your research, finding what you want and then tracking one down, it's all the nonsense of car dealerships that gets my goat. Enter: Eco-Cars. Not only are you getting the same dealership-worthy vehicle, virtually directly from the manufacturer, but you're saving a fortune on whatever the salesman can rinse out of you. Jonathan finds a car to your liking, informs you how much it will cost him, adds his totally reasonable fee and delivery cost (£1 a mile on a flatbed) and bingo, you're sorted! It was admittedly a leap of faith for us to pay for the vehicle up front, but the cars are still under warranty and there's really little to go wrong in an EV anyway! Our Leaf arrived in good time, we were well-informed and updated by Alex the delivery man about when we would receive it and we ended up with a car we wanted at a much better price than the dealer! Definitely the future of buying cars - thank you!
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