Or the people who pay big deposits on cars they haven’t seen, and are then ghosted by the seller when they want to take delivery of the car. Or the numerous people whose shiny new wheels turn out to be stolen
It’s a jungle out there. But for many of us, the cost and convenience of buying a car privately outweighs the potential pitfalls, so we do the obvious. We check online car sales sites. We meet the buyer or seller in a public place. We take a petrolhead mate along to ask the right questions. We ask for a service history. We check the bodywork. In the end, though, many people end up buying a car on faith and a handshake.
What if private buyers and sellers could access the same kind of information that’s been reserved for car dealers, banks and insurance companies, like the book value, its history and its status? There’s an app for that - and it’s going to make a huge difference to the way people buy and sell cars.
The FirstCheck app, which is powered by TransUnion, gives private buyers and sellers the information they need to make more informed decisions. You’re able to put a fair price on the car and also less likely to fall victim to fraudsters. The app offers two major pieces of information. The valuation report provides trade and retail values to ensure the price reflects the market value. This also helps make sure you’re paying the correct insurance premiums, and show how much the vehicle has depreciated over the past 12 months, and future values.