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News: Survey finds private sellers morph into Arthur Daley when selling their car

A survey has found that over a quarter of people selling their used car tell a porkie when describing it, or answering a buyer’s questions.


Lambley Village Shop.

ARTHUR DALEY’S alive and well, and probably living in the house next door.

A survey has found that over a quarter of people selling their used car tell a porkie when describing it, or answering a buyer’s questions.

And wouldn’t you Adam and Eve it, 11% hide minor problems with their car while, strike a light, 9% are prepared to wind back its odometer to disguise its mileage and boost its price.

Meanwhile, in true Daley style, 35% of the private sellers surveyed by HPI, a vehicle data company, played dumb and left it to the buyer to ask vital questions, rather than volunteering important and accurate information.

“It seems that sellers don’t worry too much about the detail and are more interested in getting a good price quickly for the car they are trying to sell,” said Shane Teskey, senior customer services manager at HPI.

As Arthur himself once said: “As with most things in this life, Terry, it is in the eye of the beholder. One man’s firewood is another man’s porcupine wotsisname.”


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