The AA is supporting a new campaign launched today (Monday 4 November) by Trading Standards
The AA is supporting Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and Citizens Advice Bureau at the start of a month-long campaign to help people avoid the pitfalls of buying used cars.
The initiative, launched on Monday 4 November, is urging people buying a used car to ‘check it don’t regret it’ by assessing whether it is safe, legal and that it is all that it appears to be.
This comes at a time when according to the AA, more than a quarter of drivers (27%) plan to buy a used car over the next 12 months compared with just 6% opting for a new one.
The AA-Populus study** among over 21,000 AA Members, suggest that nine used cars change hands for every two new cars sold.
According AA Cars, the used car buying website, more than a third (37%) believe that buying a used car is ‘risky’.
In order, their biggest fears include buying a car that is:
I fully support this campaign. Too many people buy a used car with their heart rather than their head
David Bruce, director of AA Cars
David Bruce, director of AA Cars, says that there is no room for complacency when buying a used car.
“I fully support this campaign. Too many people buy a used car with their heart rather than their head.
“A second-hand car that is not up to scratch and is littered with faults can be a danger to the driver and other road users.”
AA Cars de-risks the car buying process as every car sold is subject to a free, 26-point car history check that includes whether it has a hidden history such as a change of identity, outstanding finance, a false mileage reading or has at some time been written off.
While buying a car through a dealer provides protection for the purchaser, there are bargains to be had by buying privately – but this is not without risk.
Jeremy Tiffany, head of the AA’s car data check and vehicle inspections service, points out that buyers have little legal recourse if something goes wrong with such a car so it’s vital to ensure that buyers ‘check it and don’t regret it’."
Too many people find that the car they just bought isn’t all that it seems. A quarter of cars checked by the AA for example, have outstanding finance which could mean the buyer becomes liable for the outstanding debt and may lose the car.
the AA also strongly recommends a full inspection which looks at roadworthiness, mechanical and electrical functions, past body repairs, safety issues with up to 206 individual checks.
Such a check could highlight whether the car has been subject to a ‘cut and shut’ job – where a vehicle has been created from the parts of previously written off ones.
For the duration of the month-long CAB campaign, the AA is offering a 30% discount* off the cost of a car data check, using a promotional code available from the CAB used car buying website.
(4 November 2013)
*30% discount off an AA Car Data Check is offered via a promotional code available from www.adviceguide.org.uk/usedcars
**AA-Populus interviewed 21,165 AA members between 11-17 October 2013