HPI is advising used car buyers to ‘know your legal rights’ before purchasing a used car
HPI is advising used car buyers to ‘know your legal rights’ before purchasing a used car. Kristian Welch, Consumer Director at HPI said “buyers need to do their homework before they buy, whether it’s through a dealer or a private buyer. Some of the most tempting bargains can be found in the private used car market, but unfortunately for the consumer this offers them very little legal protection. The only rule to which a private seller must adhere is that the car must not be mis-described so the best piece of advice anyone can heed therefore is ‘Caveat emptor’, the legal term for buyer beware. If you buy on the seller’s word and he tells you a pack of lies, you could sue providing the seller is worth suing and you can still locate him. But this could cost more than the value of the car and still leave you out of pocket.”
HPI Check report offers one of the best forms of protection when buying privately it verifies whether the vehicle is recorded as stolen, has finance owing or is a write off or has undergone a number plate change. The HPI check also comes with a guarantee which provides cover up to the value of £30,000 for extra peace of mind.
If buying from a dealership HPI advise to ask to see the history and mileage checks and also clarify that the dealership is part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation or they are signed up to the Motor Codes scheme which demands a strict code of practice.