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The latest survey from Which? found that almost one third of the 1388 members tested had purchased a faulty vehicle, whilst more than one in ten people (16%) had bought a vehicle that cost them more money to run than they had expected.
At Trusted Dealers, we want to make sure that all of our customers drive away with the peace of mind that the car they have purchased is the right one, and the way we do this is to offer all of our buyers our unique 10 Points of Difference promise.
Our 10 Points of Difference will ensure that a series of checks are carried out on all of our stock prior to sale to include theft and right off checks, finance settlement checks, mechanical checks and mileage checks as well as offering our buyers a full warranty on every car we sell.
The Which? survey also revealed that 13 per cent of people failed to carry out the necessary research before purchasing their car. A spokesperson for Which? said: “A car is one of the most expensive things many of us will buy so our advice is to do your homework to avoid ending up with an unreliable vehicle that could leave you out of pocket.”
At Trusted Dealers, we believe that one of the best things prospective buyers can do prior to a sale is to take their chosen vehicle for a thorough test drive. Even if you have driven a similar car before, driving it allows you to make sure that you are happy with the driving position, with the overall performance of the car and that it suits your driving skills.
Listed below are the top ten car-buying regrets from the Which? survey:
1. Faulty – 30%
2. Car cost more to run than expected – 16%
3. Buyer admitted they didn’t do enough research – 13%
4. Lost money due to depreciation – 10%
5. Didn’t trust gut instinct when buying the car – 9%
6. Didn’t check for mechanical problems/worn tyres – 8%
7. Should have haggled – 7%
8. Didn’t check service history – 6%
9. Bad deal on trade-in – 6%
10. Didn’t take car for test-drive – 6%
The Which? Car Survey is the UK’s largest survey of car reliability and owner satisfaction, covering over 47,000 cars. It offers a true picture of how rival cars compare and what are their most common faults.