Residents considering buying a used car will find help in a new campaign running in Bedford.
Bedford Borough Council, the Trading Standards Institute and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau are steering people in the right direction when it comes to making a purchase.
The drive is part of a month-long campaign, launching on Monday, November 4, at the start of National Consumer Week.
The campaign is urging people buying a used car to ‘check it don’t regret it’ by assessing whether it is safe, legal and what it seems.
Together they are raising awareness of the pitfalls of buying a car without first carrying out some vital necessary checks.
The borough council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards team and Bedford Citizens’ Advice Bureau advisors will be available to talk to on Wednesday, November 6 at the Harpur Centre where they will be handing out essential tips on buying a used car.
Cllr Sarah Jayne-Holland, portfolio holder for community and regulatory services said: “A second-hand car that is not up to scratch and is littered with faults can be a danger to the driver and other road users.
“It’s important the used car industry puts the brakes on bad practices by dealers being up front with their customers about the condition of cars. That way people can make an informed choice as to whether it is the car for them.”
Lorraine Gunther, chief executive officer at Bedford and District Citizens’ Advice Bureau, added: “We would like consumers to be fully aware of their rights and provide them with information regarding items to check when buying a second hand car. This will hopefully avoid consumers purchasing vehicles with problems.”