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Independent checks a 'must' for used cars

Motorists are being urged to arrange a background check on any used car they want to buy, according to Auto Express.

Motorists are being urged to arrange a background check on any used car they want to buy, according to Auto Express.

Although the move may seem obvious to many, there are concerns that some drivers are agreeing to purchase a used vehicle without first checking through its history.

Used car ownership is attractive for a range of reasons, both for younger buyers looking for their first set of wheels, or for more mature motorists looking to beat instant forecourt depreciation.

However, Peter Stratton from Trading Standards is concerned some buyers are "lulled into a false sense of security by the cars' badge and prestige image" and then ignore the need for basic checks.

"They have faith in premium brands. Buyers think they are in a safe, trusting environment. They can't get their heads around the fact these vehicles are just as likely to be tampered with as any other, and get misled," he told Auto Express.

That said, arranging a background check on a vehicle is both easy and inexpensive, particularly compared to the massive savings on offer with many used vehicles.

Older cars are even more economical when combined with a car loan, helping to lightly spread repayments over several years.


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