Used car buyers fail to do detailed research

February 19, 2015 | By | In News

More than two-thirds of car buyers fail to do proper research when purchasing a used vehicle, meaning that they take unnecessary risks, claims a major motoring organisation. An investigation into car buyers’ habits discovered that less than a third of buyers had paid for any type of used car history check when buying a second-hand machine, with just 30 per cent taking the prudent precaution.

This all comes despite the fact that 37 per cent of the 2,300 respondents to the survey stated that their biggest used car concern was buying a car that had been previously written off or stolen, reports the Press Association. A total of 34 per cent of motorists said they took a ‘knowledgeable friend’ along when looking at cars while a mere eight per cent said that they had paid for a mechanic to examine the car before signing on the dotted line.

Consumers have never had so much access to information when buying a used car, but while the internet is a great research tool there are some simple and inexpensive searches such as vehicle history checks that buyers are not taking full advantage of.

While a quarter of drivers accepted what the seller told them, a substantial 45 per cent of buyers admit to feeling deceived by the person they bought the car from. Car history checks can be a simple way to discover if a car has been stolen or previously written off. Robert Diamond, from the RAC said: “Consumers have never had so much access to information when buying a used car, but while the internet is a great research tool there are some simple and inexpensive searches such as vehicle history checks that buyers are not taking full advantage of.

“By failing to carry out these simple checks into the vehicle’s history, they could end up paying the price later on when they find out the car they have just acquired is actually owned by a third party rather than the person they bought it from.”

Find out more about the best way to view a used car here.

Picture: Vauxhall

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