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Motorists urged to use only approved used car dealers

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Motorists have been advised not to gamble when buying second-hand vehicles, ensuring they only use approved used car dealers.

In support on National Car Crime Awareness Week, the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) has released research which indicates one in three used cars have a "hidden history".

This could mean that a car has an outstanding finance agreement on it, in which case the finance company could take possession of the vehicle if the previous owner does not meet loan payments.

Alternatively, the car could have been written off, stolen, or obtained fraudulently, the FLA claims.

"If you're going to spend money on a car it makes sense to check its history, just as you would get a survey before buying a house," said Paul Harrison, head of motor finance at the FLA.

This news follows that of HPI Limited, who also announced this week that they had found one in four used cars are subject to outstanding finance.

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