Buying a used car doesn’t have to be tricky

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Used car buyers in Brechin are being urged to ‘check it, don’t regret it’ by Angus Citizens Advice Bureau and Angus Council.

Grievances about dodgy second-hand cars is the most popular complained about product at the Citizen Advice Bureau, with around 6,000 complains a month being received nationally on their helpline.

To help consumers avoid buying second rate cars the council and bureau have teamed together for a month long campaign to mark the start of National Consumer Week.

Consumers are being urged to assess whether a car is safe, legal and what it seems before parting with any cash.

Recently Angus trading standards officers and Police Scotland road traffic officers carried out checks on 17 vehicles from second-hand car dealers across Angus.

Overall officers were pleased with the apparent high standards set by the car dealers visited during the project finding three had minor faults which the dealers involved voluntarily agreed to resolve, one car was withdrawn from sale.

Inspector Grant Edward, head of the Tayside divisional roads policing unit, said: “I was very satisfied that, in the main, no serious offences were detected and one unsafe vehicle can no longer be sold until the detected faults are fixed.”

Top tips for buying a used car include checking for a valid MOT certificate, checking the service history, reviewing the V5 document, finding out of the car is a write off, checking finance history and test driving the car.

It is also recommended that car buyers get an engineer’s check to check for hidden dangers and condition of the car.

Before parting with cash buyers should check the price value guide of the car to ensure they are not paying too much and check the car as not been recalled.

For more information visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/usedcars or call the Citizens Advice on 08454 04 05 06.