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Buying a used vehicle is a serious business and, while there’s no way to guarantee that you won’t be a victim of vehicle crime, you can reduce the risks.

Make sure you know which questions to ask about the seller, the registration certificate (V5C) and the identity of the vehicle.

Use the tips on this site to help you.

V5C Registration Certificate

Pictures of the old and new V5C Registration Certificates

The V5C (often known as the vehicle's 'logbook') is changing. A new version is being introduced to reduce the risk of buying stolen vehicles and to make it easier to use. Find out more about the new-style certificate.

Top vehicle buying tips

Picture of a used car

You need to be careful of stolen vehicles, forged registration certificates and vehicles with outstanding finance.

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