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Information 'important when buying used cars'

Consumers should gather extensive data about used cars before considering making a purchase, a new report warns.

Consumers should gather extensive data about used cars before considering making a purchase, a new report warns.

According to Experian, a provider of global information solutions, one in three used cars in the UK has adverse data, which could affect the cost of the vehicle.

As a result, the company insists that consumers need to be as diligent and thorough as possible when researching the purchase of a used car.

"A consumer should always find out as much as they can about a used car before buying it, whether by looking online for reviews and information about certain makes and models or through the opinions of friends," explained Kirk Fletcher, the managing director of Experian's automotive division.

Recent figures published separately by Experian showed that UK sales of used cars dipped by 0.8 per cent in 2006.

However, sales of used cars aged between six and nine years old bucked the trend - increasing by 0.4 per cent.

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