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    caleyfan
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    We are hoping to buy a secondhand vehicle through a private sale.

    Can anyone point us to were we can check it is not stolen or under a finance deal?

    Thank you

     


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    nomoss
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    The seller should have the registration document, Carte Grise, in their name and be able to show their national ID card to identify themself. This proves ownership.

    They should also provide a Certificat de situation administrative (non gage et non opposition) with the current date. This shows any charges against the vehicle, and you can get it yourself on line via the link below if you have the necssary details from the Carte Grise. I usually ask for a copy of the CG so I can do this.

    https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R1270

    This is the procedure to register the vehicle in your name, which indicates what you have to get from the seller.

    https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F1050

     


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    caleyfan
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    Perfect, just what we needed to know, we are viewing the vehicle Monday so will ask to see carte grise and ID so we can also do the check ourselves.

    Thank you


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    nomoss
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    Without seeming over cautious or suspicious, I would also suggest viewing the car at the owner’s home, as it is shown on the CG, rather than in a car park or similar.

     


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    caleyfan
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    Hi

    Not over cautious or suspicious, I think in the present climate we need to reduce as much risk as possible.

    I will update later to let you know if we went ahead or not.

    Thank you.


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    caleyfan
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    Hi

    We have bought the vehicle.

    We went along with lots of questions and confident that we knew what paperwork to ask for, also prepared to ask for CT to be done.

    As it turned out he had it all in hand. When I asked to see the carte grise and his ID he said “of course”, then after showing them he copied them for me .

    He already planned to book the CT if we bought as it only lasts a short time, and he had been the victim of time waster before.

    He took a cheque to cover the cost of the CT in case we don’t go back, which I think is perfectly reasonable. He will return the cheque when we come to collect the vehicle and pay with a bankers cheque.

    So very happy with our purchase and confident we have a genuine good sale.

    Thanks again


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