Check it, don’t regret it

THURROCK’S Citizens Advice (CAB) and Thurrock Council’s trading standards team are steering people in the right direction this November when it comes to buying a used car.

The drive is part of a month-long campaign, launching on Monday, 4 November, at the start of National Consumer Week.

The campaign urges people buying a used car to check-it don’t regret-it by assessing whether it is safe, legal and what it seems.

Together CAB and the council are holding an event in Grays High Street on Wednesday, 6 November between 10am and 3pm, where trading standards and Citizens Advice advisers will give consumer advice about buying a second-hand car.

On the day, there will be a used car in the High Street with friendly mechanics on hand to give top tips and advice on tyres, steering, brakes and how to make some simple safety checks before you buy.

Mike Rawlings director from Thurrock CAB said: “Buying a second-hand car can be bit of a bumpy road. Whether you have £500 or £5,000 to spend, it can be difficult to make sure the car you end up with is in the condition described by the dealer.

“Not only can drivers find themselves out of pocket or with a string of unexpected expenses, the car could be unroadworthy or unsafe. But there are some simple steps drivers can take to make sure what they are buying is safe, legal and what it seems. Go to adviceguide.org.uk/usedcars for more information.”

Cllr Angie Gaywood, portfolio holder for public protection added: “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.”

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