More than 1,500 complaints about second hand cars have been received in the last 12 months by Nottinghamshire County Council’s trading standards.
It makes it the single biggest problem being reported to the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service in the county.
Residents buying a second hand car are reminded to check the car’s paperwork, including MOT certificate, service history, V5 registration document and finance history, and carry out a test drive and a walk-around check.
Buyers are also advised to check the price guide value, whether the car has been recalled and seek a mechanic’s opinion.
A car buyer’s app is available at www.tradingstandards.gov.uk