Want to avoid spending hours and hours and sometimes thousands of pounds sorting out used car purchase problems? 45 seconds may be all it takes!
A new 45 second video supported by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards is promoting the benefits of using free and low cost online tools to check out used cars before you buy.
Warwickshire Standards receives more complaints about used car purchases than almost anything else and these often involve consumers buying vehicles that look great on the forecourt or in a picture, but hide a host of problems under the bonnet!
Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards said:
“If you’re not a car expert, buying a used car can sometimes seem like a bit of a lottery. Our new video explains the checks you can make before you buy a used car, including many free and low cost online checks you can make from the comfort of your own home. All you usually need is the vehicle’s registration number and sometimes the make and model. So, before you buy, take 45 seconds to watch our video, it could prove to be the best car buying decision you make.”
The video can be viewed on YouTube here. It describes the simple checks consumers can make before they buy a used vehicle.
The Government’s MOT history website provides detailed information of a car’s MOT history and tells you if your vehicle is subject to a recall: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk
This Government website has information on the tax/SORN status of the vehicle, year of manufacture, date first registered, engine size and colour: https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/
There are also commercial websites that will tell you, without charge, if the vehicle has been stolen or imported. For a few pounds you can get further information including whether there is any outstanding finance on the car or if the vehicle has ever been written off or scrapped.
Warwickshire residents wishing to make a complaint about a vehicle they have purchased can do so by contacting Warwickshire Trading Standards via the Citizens Consumer Advice Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.