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Roadside sellers, to buy or not to lay buy?

Published
24.01.2017

Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are warning potential buyers to be careful when buying a car that has been advertised on the roadside.

There have been issues in the city with some cars being sold on the roadside by traders, trying to hide the fact that they are traders from buyers who have the rights against the seller if anything goes wrong with the car.

Now, Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council trading standards teams have joined together to carry out a pilot scheme addressing the continuing issue of roadside car sales.

Traders looking to sell a car must highlight if they are doing so for a career, rather than a private seller. When someone buys a car from an actual trader, they have statutory rights which traders must recognise.

Since the scheme started, less than a month ago, it has already identified two individuals who were claiming to be private sellers but were in fact traders. Action can range from a letter of advice, instant penalty fine of up to £100 or in the worst case scenario, prosecution.

Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for the environment at Gloucester City Council, said: "This is clearly an issue in some areas of the city taking up valuable parking spaces, blighting routes into the city and potentially misleading the public into believing the vehicles are being sold by private individuals. The scheme also demonstrates how working together can be used to deal with issues that affect us all".

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I would urge any trader trying to sell a car under the false impressions to think very carefully about their decision. We will catch you, and you will be held accountable. It is clear that, although this pilot is at its earliest stage, it is already providing results and encouraging joint working which I am really proud of."

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