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If the car has transferred ownership once since John Smith, it is correct to say "is the previous owner" or "is a previous owner". If it has transferred ownership more than once, it is correct to say "was the previous owner" or again "is a previous owner". The use of "the" before previous owner (singular) indicates that there can only be one previous owner, and that would naturally be the immediate owner prior to the current one.
October 2, 2010, 7:56pm
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