Could you offer some tips on buying a vehicle from a private seller?

I'm viewing a vehicle on Sunday and have read bits and pieces online regarding areas of concern. I've also done a background check via the website and the AA website. Please would you be able to offer some advice/tips regarding purchasing a secondhand Porsche 911 997 and also details regarding the usual protocol regarding exchanging with a private vendor?

Asked on 18 May 2017 by Charles G

Answered by Honest John
We get less feedback on Porsche than an enthusiasts' site such as Pistonheads, but do have: You can't test drive it unless you have insurance to do so or the vendor gets it for you via someone like There's no warranty from a private buyer so you have to ask pertinent questions such as "does it have a full Porsche service history", "has anything ever seriously gone wrong with it?" "has it ever been over-revved?" "are you aware of any faults at all with it." That then makes it a Breach of Contract if the vendor misleads you in any way. How to pay is up to you, but whenever I sell I want to do it in a bank where it effectively becomes a cash transaction that cannot later be revoked.
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