West Sussex Trading Standards officers are at Worthing College at lunchtime on Wednesday November 6th to talk to teenagers who may be buying their first second hand car.
Buying a second hand car can be a minefield unless you know what you are doing, or where to go for professional advice. It can be even more difficult if it’s the first time you have ever bought a car. West Sussex Trading Standards say there are more complaints against the motor trade than any other area they deal with.
However help is on the way, in the form of National Consumer Week, which starts on Friday (November 1st).
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member Lionel Barnard, who oversees Trading Standards, said: “A second-hand car that is not up to scratch and is littered with faults can be a danger to the driver and other road users.
“It’s important the used car industry puts a brake on bad practices by dealers being up front with their customers about the condition of cars. That way people can make an informed choice as to whether it is the car for them.”
Advice guidance booklets on second hand cars will also be available in many libraries throughout West Sussex.
Lionel advised anyone wondering how to find a trustworthy car sales firm to contact the Buy with Confidence Scheme. This is a form of trade approval scheme administered and run by Trading Standards. All members of BWC are vetted and approved by Trading Standards, so consumers can check the website to find out which car traders are members.
More information is available on the website of Citizens Advice, who are the partner organisation to the Trading Standards Service. You can visit their website at: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/usedcars.