To avoid buying a stolen vehicle or a vehicle with falsified details, here are some recommended safety measures you should take. Be careful! If in any doubt, contact the Licence Bureau.
|To avoid buying a stolen vehicle or a vehicle with falsified details, here are some recommended safety measures you should take. Be careful! If in any doubt, contact the Licence Bureau.
- Verify that the seller is the owner of the vehicle. Ask to see the seller's identity card and compare the personal details with those on the vehicle licence
- If the seller is not the owner of the vehicle, demand to see a power-of-attorney authorizing the seller to undertake the transaction. Do not hesitate to copy the details of the vehicle owner as they appear on the licence and contact the owner direct (not through the seller). It is recommended that you meet the owner face-to-face to make sure that that person is indeed the owner of the vehicle
- Beware of a seller who supplies a mobile phone number only, and refuses to give a home telephone number and address. It is recommended that you meet the seller in the seller's home or office and not make do with a meeting at the roadside
- Beware of buying a vehicle that was purchased by the owner only a few days or weeks before. The transaction could be dubious or the vehicle could have a serious defect
- Before completing purchase, take the vehicle to a recognized garage or testing institute to check the chassis number that is stamped on the vehicle body (in addition to the mechanical check)
- Don't make do with comparing the vehicle details that appear on the bill of sale with those on the vehicle licence – they may have been falsified! If you are in any doubt regarding the validity of the information, suggest that the seller accompany you to the Licence Bureau. If the seller refuses, his/her credibility is suspect!
Changes to the Details Shown on the Vehicle Licence
Make sure that any changes to the vehicle are entered on the vehicle licence. Any technical change to the vehicle, such as replacing the engine with a used engine or changes to the body, must be approved in advance by the Technical Inspector at your district Licence Bureau. After the change has been made, you must request a new licence from the Licence Bureau. Changes such as colour, tyre replacement or replacing the engine with an imported engine, are approved by the Vehicle Inspection Station.