The number of complaints about second-hand cars rose by 18% in the first six months of this year compared with last year. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) revealed that the advice service Consumer Direct took over 38,000 complaints about second-hand cars from consumers who felt that they had been ripped off.
Around 3.6 million second-hand cars are bought each year, with consumers spending a total of 24 billion and the research found that many car owners ended up fixing unresolved faults that were the dealer's obligation to correct, costing an estimated average of 425.
The OFT and Consumer Direct have compiled a checklist for potential buyers, including asking the dealer questions to ensure that you know enough information about the vehicle to make the right decision before buying.
If you are looking to buy a second hand vehicle you should ask about the car's mechanical history and mileage checks, the number of former owners, documentation about the full service history and any modifications. Its also a good idea to get the answers in writing so that you have proof of what you have been told.
For more tips and advice visit - http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/before_you_buy/thinking_about/cars/2ndhandcar