‘Check it, don’t regret it’.
This is the advice of Cheshire East Council’s Trading Standards team as they launch an awareness campaign throughout November to alert people to the dangers of buying an unsafe used car.
The Council is working with Citizens Advice and Trading Standards’ teams across the north west to urge drivers to assess whether the car they are looking to buy is safe, legal and everything it is ‘billed as being’, prior to purchase.
These include practical steps like checking the car has an MOT certificate, a full service history and a registration document (to see if the vehicle is stolen). There are also checks to see if the car has been written off and even a finance history check to see if there are any outstanding loans on the vehicle.
Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, welcomed the campaign.
He said: “Buying a used car should never be a lottery and this campaign is about showing people the various ways that they can be certain that the vehicle they are buying is safe and reliable.
“As well as the various background checks, there is also a common-sense check that every buyer should make – by test driving the car and physically inspecting it. Our message is ‘check it, don’t regret it’.”
People can find out practical advice at www.facebook.com/tradingstandardsNW
They can also find out more by visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk/england and typing ‘buying a used car’ in the search box.