A new campaign launches on Monday (November 4) aimed at steering Midlothian people in the right direction when it comes to buying a used car.
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI), Citizens Advice Bureau and Midlothian Council’s Trading Standards team are to join forces at the start of National Consumer Week (NCW) for the month-long campaign.
The initiative 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.
Used car sellers are licensed by the council and trading standards visit them to ensure the conditions are adhered to.
Councillor Owen Thompson, cabinet member with responsibility for trading standards, said: “The majority of used car dealers in Midlothian treat customers fairly. However, we can never afford to be complacent.
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 a brake 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.”