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Scambusters protecting New Year buyersBack

To mark the start of 2013, the Scambusters are out in force to protect prospective car buyers from getting scammed this year.

The New Year is the perfect time to start thinking about purchasing a new or used car and there are some great deals on offer in the lead up to the new 13 plate in March. Dealers are keen to reduce stock to leave room for new cars on the forecourt, which means that buyers are in a great position to cash in on great car-buying opportunities.

It pays to be savvy when you enter the showroom to make sure that you avoid getting scammed. That’s why the team at Trusted Dealers have offered buyers a free Scambusters guide to safe car buying.

At Trusted Dealers, we’re on your side every step of the way. We know that buying a car, particularly if it’s your first time can be an extremely daunting process. There is a lot to consider – not only which model to buy, but also the mileage, service history and – most importantly – who to buy from.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed, which is why following the Scambusters guide is the right road for you to take. By seeking advice from the industry experts, we can help you to identify a faker and stay safe.

Our focus this month is on where to start looking for your next used car. The number of places you can buy a second-hand car is growing all the time and there’s everything from car supermarkets and private sellers to private auctions and franchised dealers to choose from.

Although all of these places have their pros and cons, you can be assured that if you buy from a Trusted Dealer your car will have been background checked and provided with a warranty. All of our members operate according to our 10 Points of Difference which guarantees minimum standards across our network.

Below is a list of the five most important questions which you should put to any seller before buying to make sure that you don’t get ripped off.

  1. Can I have a discount? Most sellers will be willing to negotiate and will accept less than the advertised price, so researching online to see how much the car is worth is a good tip before you enter the showroom. Be aware that if you are buying from a car supermarket, some operate a no-haggle fixed-price policy.
  2. Can my car be checked for fault by an independent expert? The RAC and the AA can offer reports of this nature if required, however, at Trusted Dealers all of our used cars are background checked, so you can be certain the car you’re buying has not been lost, stolen or involved in a serious accident.
  3. How do I know the MOT certificate and car registration document is genuine? Always check first that the details quoted tally up exactly with the car you are buying, pay particular attention to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Check also that the number of previous owners on the registration document is the same as what you have been told. For further checks you can contact the DVLA or for MoTs go to
  4. How can I check the service history is genuine? There is a simple way to do this. Call up the dealer who last stamped the service book who can then confirm the work was actually carried out on the date specified.
  5. What guarantee should I expect with the car? If you’re buying second-hand, you should expect to receive a minimum of one year’s cover. Every Trusted Dealer offers a warranty or guarantee with their used cars and all of our members are regulated by the FSA.


Posted by Leana Kell on 04/01/2013