Buying a used car - is four previous owners too many?

When buying from a dealer, should I be put off if the car has had lots of previous owners? I've found a nice Lexus CT 200h with 63k miles on the clock, but the history shows four previous keepers. How can I tell if this was a lease or hire car? I'm very hesitant about this sort of area and would appreciate your guidance.

Asked on 26 November 2020 by alan corkland

Answered by Georgia Petrie
No - not necessarily, the way the car has been treated and used is more important than the number of owners, in my opinion. But, similarly, a 1-year-old car that's marketed as having one previous owner could have been owned by a hire company the entire time.

You can only check the V5C and pay for a comprehensive car history check. The V5 will list the former keeper's details on the logbook, so you can check if it's potentially been owned by a business that way. But the dealer won't be able to tell you about the previous owners other than that.

You can see all your legal rights when buying a used car from a dealer here, though - which should put your mind at rest in regards to the possibility of something going wrong once you've bought a car:
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