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One in five lies to sell their carsBack

In a recent survey carried out by Trusteddealers.co.uk, one in five sellers lie in order to sell their vehicle.

According to a survey of 2,000 motorists, Trusted Dealers has revealed that one in every ten car owners is prepared to lie about their vehicle’s mileage, whilst five per cent actually admitted to keeping a car’s accident history from prospective buyers.

Figures released from HPI, the vehicle check company, have revealed the seriousness of covering up a car’s previous history. HPI cited that out of all the used cars they check, four in every hundred have already been declared an insurance write off, with six in every one hundred containing a mileage discrepancy.

When considering buying a used car, it is vital that you always make sure it has been properly HPI or Experian checked before you make a purchase. At Trusted Dealers, we offer our customers our very own unique 10 Points of Difference which gives our customers peace of mind when it comes to buying a car.

The 10 Points of Difference includes a number of checks which we guarantee will be made to each of our second-hand cars, before they are sold on to the customer. Checks include theft and write off, outstanding finance and mileage, and we also offer a full pre-delivery inspection and warranty.

Purchasing a car which has been HPI checked will confirm that the car has not been lost or stolen, written off by an insurance company, or is subject to outstanding finance.

When considering buying a used car, HPI has warned buyers to be aware of four main risks and ask themselves the following questions:

  1. Is the car a write-off? Don’t be fooled by the shiny paintwork, it could be hiding the fact the car is an insurance write-off.
  2. Is the car clocked? Always check that the car has not achieved a higher mileage than the odometer shows.
  3. Does the car have outstanding finance? HPI says:”Nearly one in four vehicles checked are still subject to an outstanding finance agreement. Those who buy a car that is still on finance could have unwittingly bought a vehicle that is still owned by the finance company, who could claim it back at any time until the outstanding amount is settled”.
  4. Is the car stolen? HPI says: “HPI checks identify nearly 19 stolen vehicles a day. Buying a stolen vehicle means you will lose the car and the money you paid for it when it is returned to the rightful owner”.

 

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 15/12/2011