It is important to know your rights when buying a car and also to research the history and condition of a vehicle before purchase.
Vehicles can have hidden histories: common problems include badly repaired insurance write offs, finance which has not been settled or service histories and mileages which have been tampered with.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards recognises that some consumers are apprehensive when it comes to buying a car or simply choosing where to have their vehicle serviced or repaired.
The Motor Trade Partnership was set up to work with West Yorkshire garages and strives to improve standards within the motor industry, giving consumers the confidence that they are dealing with a reputable trader who has made a commitment to fair and honest practices by becoming a member of the Partnership. The scheme is administered by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service and works with businesses in the following sectors:
The Motor Trade Partnership offers considerable benefits to West Yorkshire consumers, not least by providing reassurance that garages are making a positive statement that they are committed to providing a high level of consumer service.
As a service we ensure that members of the Partnership follow strict criteria and they are regularly monitored to make sure that high standards are maintained. Specifically:
Remember to look for the Motor Trade Partnership logo and ask if your Motor Dealer is a member.
The motor industry is full of potential pitfalls for consumers. We often see consumers who have been duped into buying a clocked car or a badly repaired insurance write off or a car which is unfit for use on the road.
Have a look below at some of the potential problems you could come across:
The Motor Trade Partnership is not just another Trade Association scheme. Uniquely, we are backed by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and unlike most schemes we monitor members on a regular basis to ensure that the correct procedures and practices are being followed. This means if you buy from a member you are buying with confidence.