I sat in on a Twitter Q&A (#AskAT) with Auto Trader Used Car Editor Stuart Milne this morning and picked up some interesting tips and information that answers some questions I received recently. Here goes – in no particular order.
Q: Are recalls always dangerous problems & is the fix free?
Autotrader: Not always; they’re usually safety related, but not always dangerous – I had a car recalled for a new radiator cap!
(I can add that manufacturer recalls are normally fixed for free)
Q: If you are the second owner (e.g. you buy a nearly new car) how will you know about recalls?
Autotrader: Take a look at www.dft.gov.uk/vosa – you can search for recalls affecting the model you’re buying (the link to vehicle recalls is on the right under “Do It Online”)
Q: I’m wondering about buying a hybrid but not sure whether to wait a bit longer for newer models/more choice.
Autotrader: They’re getting better all the time. Peugeot 3008 diesel electric hybrid will launch soon – looks very interesting – see here for more details: http://bit.ly/98nNNl.
VAT Rise & Used Car Prices
Q: One of my readers asked whether car dealers will pass on the VAT rise in the new year or absorb it with discounts?
Autotrader: More on this at http://bit.ly/aOVCtr – I’d expect used cars to increase in price slightly.
(It’s worth having a read of the link – but the main point is that VAT is charged when a new car is delivered, not when it is ordered – so if you order a new car before the VAT rise but it isn’t delivered until after the VAT rise in the new year, then you wil pay 20% VAT anyway…) On top of this, many manufacturers have long delivery times at the moment.
The 60 Plate
Q: Is it too late to get a 60 plate car on 1st September?
Autotrader: Any new car ordered now won’t be delivered for a few weeks, but its worth talking asking dealers about it.