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RAC joins TSI and CAB to champion used car buyers

New campaign aims to steer drivers away from buying a dodgy car

The RAC, has joined forces with the Trading Standards Institute and the Citizens Advice Bureau to launch a Used Car Campaign – urging motorists to ‘check it don’t regret it!.

The new drive is part of a month-long campaign, launching on 4 November and in National Consumer Week (4-10 November). 

The RAC has championed the cause of used car buyers for years and has developed a range of products and services to help drivers buy with confidence and to choose the right vehicle for them.

To support the campaign the RAC has cut the price of its Car Data Checks by a third reducing the cost of an online HPI check to £10.85 (Quote voucher code: RACCDC30; normal price £15.50 or £18.19 instead of £25.99 for three checks) and is reducing the price of its vehicle inspections by 10% for members and non-members (Quote voucher code: RACCDC30; offer price for a standard Vehicle Inspection on a car 1800cc or below RAC members £121.50; non-members £134.10 until 31 November 2013).

Jo Swinson MP, Minister for Consumer Affairs launches the Used Car Campaign in London on Monday 4th November.

The RAC launched its own used car website www.raccars.co.uk in May this year, giving drivers a safer way to buy a used car. RAC Cars features almost 100,000 quality used cars from the UK’s top franchise dealers and the RAC’s own BuySure dealer and Approved Dealer networks.

To coincide with the National Consumer Week RAC Cars is launching a prize draw to win up to £10,000 off the price of a used car this winter on. Logged in, registered users simply have to search for their next used car on the RAC Cars website between now and 31 January 2014 to have a chance of winning. Every vehicle has had a multi-point check, a history check and comes with a minimum one-month warranty and six months’ free RAC Breakdown cover.

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

Top tips for buying a used car

  • Check MOT certificate – indicates if car is roadworthy
  • Check service history – shows if car has been maintained
  • Check V5 registration document – DVLA advises that you shouldn’t buy a vehicle that doesn’t have a V5
  • Check if car is a write-off – helps you know what you are buying
  • Check finance history – ensures car doesn’t have an outstanding hire purchase agreement
  • Test drive and walk around check – for signs the car isn’t what it seems
  • Get engineer’s check – shows condition of car and any hidden dangers
  • Check price value guide – indicates reasonable price to pay
  • Check car is not recalled – shows if car was recalled for safety reasons by manufacturer

Your rights when buying a second-hand car

If you bought the car from a dealer, the car must:

  • Match its description – this means it must be as described by the seller. This includes any written description in an advertisement or catalogue
  • Be of satisfactory quality – this means the car must be in reasonable condition, considering its age and make, its past history and the price paid
  • Be fit for its purpose – if you request a vehicle which is capable of towing a large caravan, it must be capable of doing the job
  • Be roadworthy – it is a criminal offence to sell an unroadworthy car. A car is not roadworthy if its brakes, tyres, steering, or construction make it unfit for the road. Even if the car has an MOT certificate, this doesn't necessarily mean that it is roadworthy

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 (08454 04 05 05 for the Welsh language line) or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

Special Offer!

To support the new campaign we have launched a special limited time offer.

  • 33% off Car Data Checks (Quote voucher code: RACCDC30; normal price £15.50 or £18.19 instead of £25.99 for three checks)
  • 10% off Vehicle Inspection for members and non-members (Quote voucher code: RACCDC30; offer price for a standard vehicle inspection on a car 1800cc or below RAC members £121.50; non-members £134.10 until 31 November 2013).