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Advice On Buying Used Cars In Weymouth Today

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8:32am 9th November 2013

Over the last 12 months nearly a thousand complaints have been made by Dorset's Trading Standards about used cars.

Although buying a used car can save you money, as most cars reduce in value by about 40 per cent during the first year, dodgy second hand cars continue to top the Citizens Advice complaints list.

The watch dog arm of Dorset Council has joined a national campaign with Citizens Advice called, Check It, Don't Regret It, to try and raise awareness about what to look out for when buying second hand.

Officers are setting up shop outside Debenhams in Weymouth today (Saturday 9th November) to offer drivers advice and guidance.

Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for community services, said

"The level of consumer complaints about used cars shows that buyers need to be cautious and also highlights that this area of trade is rightly a priority for trading standards."

"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 buying is in the condition as described by the dealer."

If you have a problem with a second hand car, you can get help from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk/usedcars

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