Used-car buyers urged to test drive

A motoring website is urging used-car buyers to try before they buy after research showed a quarter of them instantly regretted their decision.

According to, a fifth of such buyers also failed to test drive a vehicle before purchasing it.

Another 10% were unhappy when they got the vehicle home because of its colour.

The website believes consumers are getting a bad deal from a minority of used-car traders. It said the poll supported recent findings from the Office of Fair Trading.

"Our research has revealed only a quarter of Brits feel confident with the car buying process and it's clear that some consumers need help when they're choosing a car," said Alan Hazelhurst at

"The used car market can be an intimidating place but all cars listed on are manufacturer or dealer approved, giving potential buyers peace of mind. The OFT report supports our own findings, highlighting that often consumers need help to avoid the pitfalls of used-car buying."

Copyright © Press Association 2010