Beware second-hand cars sold from the roadside
A CRACKDOWN is under way to stop second-hand cars being sold illegally from Bristol's roadsides.
Trading standards officers are working with the police to target areas where cars are regularly advertised for sale on the side of the road.
On Friday, they were in St Mark's Road, Easton, where cars are constantly illegally offered for sale.
After contacting the sellers, they asked for the vehicles to be moved.
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Any remaining vehicles had a notice stuck on them which warned sellers they were breaking the law and also warned potential buyers of possible problems.
Lib Dem Cabinet Councillor Guy Poultney, pictured, said: "Some of the vendors are actually car dealers illegally masquerading as private individuals to escape their legal obligations. These companies are abusing free on- street parking to lower their costs, and undercut legitimate traders. Some cars sold on the road side have previously been written off by insurance companies and since repaired, but the customer doesn't know this and by the time you find out, there's no comeback."
Trading Standards are advising people should only buy vehicles from reputable car dealers after receiving many complaints that cars bought from the roadside have been found to have a number of faults, often serious ones.
Trading Standards officer Emyr Butler said: "We want consumers to know that they are taking a huge risk when they buy a car in this way. There is no guarantee a car is roadworthy.
"If people buy from someone advertising privately they must make sure there is a log book, that they know the address of the seller and it is sensible to have an HPI check before parting with their cash."