If you are about to buy, or are thinking of buying a new car, there are some practical things that you need to look out for. Be careful if you are buying a second-hand car. Do not buy one that could be stolen or be a likely target for thieves.
- Ask to see proof of the seller's identity and address - an official letter or driving licence, for example.
- Make sure the car's VIN (vehicle identification number) matches that on the registration document.
- Let the seller bring the car to you, as you may need to confirm their address details.
- Buy a car without the registration document.
We advise you to consider the security features listed below for any new car that you purchase. Some systems may reduce your premium and you can find out more information from your insurer. We recommend that your car has as many of these security features as possible.Think about fitting a vehicle tracking system if you are buying a particularly expensive car or one that might be attractive to thieves.
- Electronic engine immobilisation
- Locking wheel nuts
- Secure in-car entertainment
- Lockable fuel caps
- Central locking
- Security etching