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The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to sell an unroadworthy car. However be aware that the Act doesn't distinguish between private sellers and motor traders.
A vehicle is unroadworthy if you have issues with the following:
It's a criminal offence to sell an unroadworthy car. If you sell one, you could be prosecuted and if found guilty may be subject to a fine of £5000 on summary conviction.
A prosecution will only be considered if we've evidence to show that the vehicle was dangerously unroadworthy at the time of sale.
It's our policy not to prosecute private individuals for selling unroadworthy cars.
If your car has been purchased from a private individual, you may be able to take action against the seller yourself.
The vehicle needs to be examined by someone who will be credible in court and is prepared to say that the vehicle was dangerously unroadworthy when it was sold.
The vehicle therefore needs to be examined by following these steps:
These steps should be completed within four weeks of your purchase of the vehicle.
You should stop using the vehicle on public roads immediately - otherwise you could be in danger of committing criminal offences and your insurance will be invalid.