Does second-hand car market need reform?
Complaints about second-hand cars increased by 18% in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2009 according to research by the Office of Fair Trading. Do consumers need better protection?
The report found that many motorists ended up fixing problems with their new purchase themselves, at an estimated average cost of £425, when in fact they were the dealer's obligation to correct.
It also says that the advice service, Consumer Direct, took 38,138 complaints about used vehicles bought from dealers. In March, the OFT published a damning report about the state of the secondhand car market. However, it decided existing laws were sufficient to clean up the sector.
Have you encountered problems buying used cars? Do buyers have enough protection? Are you a used car dealer?
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