Used car: Key points to look out for.

The episode that explains the key things to look out for when buying or selling a used car.

Zvonko Nevistic

Zvonko completed his Master’s in Law at the University of Lucerne. After graduating, he worked for a legal protection insurer, at the District Court of Lucerne and for the SBB. He has been a senior legal specialist within the legal customer service team at our Fortuna Legal Protection Insurance since 2017.

What should you do if you notice defects in a used car after you bought it? What does “sold as seen” mean in a contract? And what do I need to be aware of when I want to sell my own car? We explain the key things to look out for when buying or selling a used car.

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Our podcast with our legal specialists and experts is currently broadcast in Swiss German. These are the valuable tips we’ll be sharing to avoid nasty surprises when buying a used car.


Minute 0:50

What do I need to look out for when buying a used car?

  • What specifically do I need to look out for before buying a used car?
  • What do the terms “clearance” and “accident-free” mean?
  • Where can I seek expert help with appraising a car?


Minute 3:10

What are the most important things to check before buying a used car?

  • The owner does not want me to take his used car for a test drive. Should I insist on this?
  • What is important to bear in mind when signing the contract?
  • What does “sold as seen and tested” or “caveat emptor” mean?


Buying a used car always involves an element of risk. In case of doubt, have the vehicle inspected by a car mechanic. If defects are discovered, they must be reported immediately – it's best to do so by registered letter.

Minute 5:00

Defects – and how to deal with them

  • What can I do if I notice defects in the vehicle after purchase?
  • What is the difference between a defect and wear and tear?
  • Does the warranty on a used car protect me if defects occur later?


Minute 7:00

Questions about financing a used car purchase

  • Is it wise to lease a used car?
  • What do I need to bear in mind if I want to sell my own car?


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