Sales enquiries: 0330 159 1111

Press Releases

RAC warns 'buyers beware' - Watch out for used vehicle payment scams in Auto Trader

25 Jun 2014 at 10:15

Criminals will try anything to get their hands on your cash and the used car market is an easy target for unscrupulous operators.

The latest scam to beset unsuspecting buyers are bogus websites offering a secure deposit and payment system for private car purchases.

Even the RAC has been the target of criminals who have used the RAC’s trusted brand name to set up such a website.  

An RAC spokesman said: “We act swiftly to close these down but they are targeting other motoring and financial brands and will apparently stop at nothing in an effort to fraudulently obtain money from used car buyers and sellers. It is vital you maintain your vigilance and report anything you think is suspicious to the police or Trading Standards.”

“The best advice is not to trust someone purporting to be a go-between between you and a vehicle seller. Ask yourself the question why would I need this service?  

“Deposits can be paid in cash, cheque or a balance transfer direct to the seller’s bank account giving you a clear record of payment. And, when you purchase or sell a car privately be sure to get a receipt detailing exactly what you are purchasing. This should include the vehicle registration, make, model, colour, the price and any deposit, the date and the name and contact details of both the seller and buyer.”



If you are a journalist and would like further information, please contact:  / 0117 964 6664

RAC press office: Simon Williams – 0161 452 4242 / 07725 822107 /

Notes to Editors

About RAC

With more than eight million members, the RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, insurance, buying a used car, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information – the RAC offers a solution for all motoring needs. The RAC is committed to making motoring easier, safer, more affordable and more enjoyable for drivers and road users.

The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members and UK motorists at a national level, including advancing levels of road safety, supporting the needs of young drivers and voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring. The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring survey, now in its 25th year, provides a clear insight into the concerns and issues facing today’s motorists.

For the very latest news on UK fuel prices visit our Fuel Prices Explained pages – Here we detail the average UK price of petrol and diesel and give an indication of which way prices are likely to go – up or down – over the next couple of weeks based on the wholesale price. You can also discover more about the fuel industry, what affects UK fuel prices, how they compare those in Europe, how motorists are taxed and top-tips for better fuel economy.  

The RAC supports FairFuelUK campaigning for fairer taxes on petrol and diesel. Show support and find out more at

Key facts:

  • RAC patrols fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside and on average within 34 minutes
  • The RAC has more patrols per member than any other breakdown provider
  • 98% of members would recommend RAC Rescue to their friends and family

RAC press releases, news alerts and a wealth of motoring research is available from

Follow us on Twitter:

Follow us on Facebook:

Our press team can:

  • Answer all RAC-related media enquiries
  • Provide motoring advice for publication
  • Comment on topical driving stories
  • Arrange interviews with RAC spokespeople - ISDN radio studio facilities available

Breakdown Cover
Choose a level of cover from just £5.50 a month
Breakdown Cover_img Join here