Students `too trusting by half`

When it comes to buying a used car, students are too trusting by half, according to a survey by vehicle-check organisation HPI.

Four out five said they would expect the seller to tell them the truth. On the other hand, half said they would turn to a family member or friend for help and guidance.

Said HPI director Nick Lindsay: "With the economic climate so troubled, a check can prove to be a wise investment for students, who will be tightening their belts along with the rest of us.

"A car that looks a bargain may be concealing a whole heap of costly trouble, and putting your entire faith in the seller is a big risk."

An HPI Check, billed as having no vested interest in whether the car is sold or not, will reveal whether it has outstanding finance, has been clocked, written off or cloned.

Among other words of advice, the company suggests viewing the car in good light in dry conditions at the seller's address; carefully checking all keys and paperwork; and looking for signs of clocking such as uneven numbers on analogue odometers and excessive wear on upholstery.

Copyright © PA Business 2008