Buying a used Car

If you are thinking of buying a used car, always get the vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic who is independent from the seller, and carry out a detailed history check before any sale takes place.  

The RSA is warning buyers of used vehicles to be wary of the following activities:

  • Offering for sale of dangerously defective, crashed, stolen or written off vehicles 
  • Reducing a cars mileage to make it appear more attractive, also known as ‘clocking'
  • Replacing original parts with poor quality ones after the vehicle has passed its NCT
  • Using sealants or masking agents to hide serious issues such as corrosion or rust holes 
  • Selling vehicles with fake NCT certificates, Registration certs or motor tax discs

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has additional information and advice when purchasing a used car. You should contact the CCPC on their consumer helpline at 1890 432 432 or 01 4025555 to establish what your rights and options are under consumer protection legislation. 

See below our FAQ documents.

Buying a used car here 

Buying an imported vehicle here

Clocked vehicles and odometer fraud here

Information note on Why the NCT is not a warranty here

Written off vehicles here

End of Life Vehicles

  • When a vehicle has reached its end of life by being damaged in a collision or has reached the end of its useful life i.e. is no longer financially viable to service and repair, it needs to be discarded by its registered owner
  • the disposal of end of life vehicles is controlled by legislation as the vehicle can be hazardous to the environment due to waste meals contained in the vehicle e.g. oil, acid, etc.

See our FAQ document on end of life vehicles here