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5 Documents You Should Check Before Buying a Vehicle

5 Documents You Should Check Before Buying a Vehicle

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I know how fascinating it is to tell your friends that you are going to buy a car in Pakistan. One is usually very excited at this point and sometimes he may forget about the most important things he should do before making the purchase. One such example is forgetting about the major documents he should have checked before purchasing the vehicle.

The importance of car documents is undeniable. I mean, what is the use of a perfectly fine motor vehicle without its documents in your hand? What if a cop stops you and demands the car documents and you don’t have them? It is one of the most embarrassing moments, to be honest!

Now to make sure you never face this kind of problem; we have combined a list of the most important documents you should check before you purchase a used vehicle. So, stick to the article and read till the end!

Registration Documents

If you have decided to buy a car, make sure it is registered. The vehicle can either be registered or unregistered. There is no in-between! The registration of your vehicle can be either from Islamabad or any other city.

If it is registered from Islamabad, you will have to submit the documents to the taxation office in Islamabad after which a card for the vehicle will be issued to you. You will also need a biometric form for the sale. However, if the vehicle is registered in any other city in Pakistan, the taxation office will not keep the documents.

If in any case your car is not registered anywhere, then you will need the Invoice as well as the sale certificates if you plan on selling the vehicle in the future. All of these documents are really important, you don’t want to lose them.


In order to buy a car in Pakistan, the first thing you should check is the CNIC of the seller. The name on the CNIC should match the name of the owner on the registration book. If you only have the passport of the owner, match the name on the passport with the name on the bill of landing or the goods declaration (GD)

Registration Book

This is one of the most important documents you need to check before you purchase a car in Pakistan. The registration book should be original. Many sellers can scam you by showing you a duplicate registration book. Be aware of such scams.

The things you should check on the registration book of the vehicle include the name of the seller should be the same as the one on his CNIC, the chassis number, and the invoice. In no circumstances forget to check the token payment. They all should be cleared.

Transfer letters

It may be possible that the car you are trying to buy belonged to more than one owner. In this case, you should ask the current owner for the previous transfer letter and all the receipts. This will help to make sure that the current owner bought the car from the previous owner by paying the full amount. Check the transfer letter as well.

Invoice and Number Plate

Many people do not put their original number plates on their vehicles. In some cases, it may be due to the personal interests of the previous owner while in others it might indicate a stolen vehicle. So, to make sure that the vehicle is not stolen, match the registration number on the plate to the one on the registration book.

Even if it matches, ask the current owner of the vehicle to provide you with the original number plate of the car. Talking about the purchase invoice, ask the owner for the sakes certificate along with matching the name on the invoice document with the one on CNIC.


With all this being said, remember that a vehicle is a one-time investment and if you have planned to buy a car in Pakistan, your purchase should be with it. Never try to buy a vehicle whose documents are not provided, no matter how appealing the vehicle may seem to your eyes. Just line our CNIC is our identity, these documents are the vehicle’s identity.