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Lancashire council warns against using unauthorised dealers

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Lancashire County Council has reminded people buying used cars of the dangers of going to unapproved dealers.

For the fourth year running, complaints about used cars topped the council's "complaints league", with over 700 made in the last year.

In addition, 34 of these complaints were over safety issues which made the vehicles dangerous.

Although 67 per cent of these faults occurred within the first month, nearly a third could not get their disreputable dealer to fix the problem, instead paying an average of £425 to get the vehicle repaired at a garage, the council claims.

Last month, the Institute of the Motor Industry reminded used car owners of the importance of using an accredited technician when having the vehicle serviced.

Now Lancashire County Council is advising buyers to go only to approved used car dealers, avoiding the possibility of buying a "clocked" vehicle - one which has done many more miles than the milometer claims.

"We would advise consumers to look for well established dealers. The county council is committed to preventing rogue traders from ripping off Lancashire consumers and will take enforcement action wherever necessary," said Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council.ADNFCR-2576-ID-19716523-ADNFCR


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