AA warn buyers of ‘used car purchase’

Research from the AA has revealed that many used car buyers are likely to believe they could trust the person they were buying a used car from

Research from the AA has revealed that many used car buyers are likely to believe they could trust the person they were buying a used car from and one in eight buyers would take the sellers word on its condition even if they suspected something was not right with the vehicle.

The AA reminds buyers that a vehicle history check can offer buyers vital protection against the risk of buying a dodgy vehicle hiding beneath shiny paintwork and a low price. Amanda Moore of the AA said “it’s clear from our survey that consumers can be a very trusting bunch, but this leaves them open to unscrupulous sellers out to make a quick profit. A car with mismatched paintwork might simply have had a re-spray for cosmetic reasons, but it could have been an insurance write-off, or even worse a cut ‘n’ shut. ( A cut ‘n’ shut is two crashed or written-off vehicles of the same make and model which have been welded or stitched together to form what appears to be a complete car). Used car buyers are risking their safety, as well as wasting their money on a nightmare on wheels. Cut ‘n’ shut vehicles are fundamentally dangerous because the integrity of the car’s structure has been altered, significantly weakening its ability to withstand any impact in an accident. Buyers need to make sure they take a closer look before purchasing a vehicle. Signs such as misaligned panels, differing colours to upholstery, and mismatching paintwork could point to something more serious, so as well as conducting a history check the AA encourages consumers to get a professional vehicle inspection if they suspect something is not right.”

“It would be nice to think that every seller is genuine, but our experience shows this just isn’t the case,” Amanda Moore concludes. “However, not all write-offs are death-traps, so some buyers in our survey could be walking away from a genuine bargain. The best way to make an informed and safe buying decision is to conduct a vehicle history check. It’s the ultimate protection from the risk of buying a vehicle that could be stolen, cloned, on outstanding finance or an insurance write-off and could help you spot a real bargain.”

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this scaremongering is great on cars under 5yrs old.. and i would recommend anyone taking the AA advice.. but if you're like me, you cant afford a newer car and end up with something about 10yrs old. i just bought one in great condition at a bargain price with low mileage has been well looked after and all the service history and bills, however i was recently involved in an accident in the vehicle where someone backed into me the car was a borderline write-off even though all the damage was cosmetic (number plate, grille and headlight) i think the insurance companies should rethink what they write off. minor damage on an older car gets the same category as major damage on a newer one even though it in no way makes the older car unsafe

great idea in theory to use the aa but they do charge for this service and not just a little bit, most of use can barely afford to buy a car!

this is a difficult one. depending how old the car is the insurance companies often write off a perfectly good car with cosmetic damage because it costs more to repair than to pay out. this usually affects the older cars. but to say one cannot afford to pay 10 quid to check when buying is ridiculous. motor traders are obligate to tell you if the car you are buying from them is an insurance write off, BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION, get it in writing. If the truth is not given, but found out later trading standards will soon sort them out,