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Watching out for clocked cars

Irish News of the World
June 14th, 2009

Diarmuid MacShane

Watching out for clocked cars

The National Consumer Agency released their 2008 annual report during the week. According to the Chief Executive, Ms. Ann Fitzgerald, one of the biggest areas for complaints during the year related to buying a second hand car.

It’s worth remembering then, that when you buy a second hand car from a proper garage that you’re protected by consumer law. All your consumer rights apply, and you will be entitled to your normal rights if the car causes you any problems.

However, if you buy a second hand car privately, you don’t get any of these consumer protections. Therefore, if you buy a car from the side of the road or even from a friend, and it breaks down on the way home, you’re not protected by consumer legislation.

For that reason, you should make sure you get any second hand car you’re thinking of buying checked out fully before handing over the cash. If the seller doesn’t seem keen to allow you have this done, then walk away.

While these checks can cost up to €500, if you’ve found a car that you’re keen on, it can be very well worth the money in the long run.

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