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Reliability is the key to buoyant used car sales.

ALONG with price, reliability is the most important factor affecting used car sales.

That's the main result of the latest British Market Research Bureau's survey this month.

It looked at factors that affected the most recent purchase of used cars. Topping the list, at more than 33%, respondents cited cost and reliability as the most important factors influencing their decisions. Lagging well behind came style-and-design, fuel consumption and comfort.

Tony Noakes, RAC head of inspections, said: "Obviously we are all on the lookout for our equivalent of a Robin Reliant, perhaps not the most comfortable vehicle in existence, but certainly cheap and reliable.

"A used car buyer is under pressure to make a quick decision. But if you don't get an inspection done you could end up with a cash drain on wheels rather than a reliable and safe vehicle."

RAC offers two types of examinations - Essentials Plus, a 166point check and a 10-15 mile road test, and Essentials, for customers with a basic knowledge of motor vehicles. Both inspections provide a comprehensive visual examination, a road test and a history check to see if the vehicle has been recorded as stolen, has any outstanding finance or has been written-off.

Tony added: "Once you've handed over your hard-earned cash you have little comback once problems start emerging. An expert examination means that the used car you are thinking of buying has been looked over by someone with expert mechanical knowledge."

You can order 24 hours a day using the RAC Motoring Services website: www. rac. co. uk

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Oct 31, 2001
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