IT’S two weeks since the first 17-reg models left dealer forecourts, and as ever, this is an exciting time to buy a new car.
Once you’ve earmarked the make and model you’re after, looked at running costs, the numerous kit lists and finance packages, you also have to decide which dealer to visit.
Regardless of the brand and where the showroom is located, it’s important to ensure the site is accredited to a recognised Trading Standards-approved Code of Practice relating to the sale of new cars, such as the Vehicle Sales Code offered by The Motor Ombudsman.
The aim of such a Code is to give you the reassurance the business is operating to high standards when it comes to important factors such as pricing, test drives and warranties.
It also means you have access to an impartial Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) body to turn to if you cannot resolve an issue directly with the dealer following delivery.
Additionally, if you are thinking of buying a servicing agreement, check the franchise is part of a Service and Repair Code. This will give you added protection when your car is in for routine maintenance or repairs.