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One in three used cars faulty within a year, research finds


Car trouble (stock photo)

Car trouble (stock photo)

Car trouble (stock photo)

Nearly everybody will buy a secondhand car at some stage in their life, but new research shows we're extremely likely to run into problems.

Some 39pc of consumers in Ireland experienced a problem within a year of buying a used car, according to a new European Commission report, with many issues arising within a month of purchase.

Batteries and electrical faults were the number problem encountered in Ireland with 13pc of consumers having a difficulty with these within a year of purchase.

Tyres, wheels and suspension were the next biggest issue here, followed by brakes and problems with the bodywork or engine.

Some 3pc of Irish consumers also discovered accident damage they had not been told about when buying, while 1pc later found out the car was stolen and 1pc found its mileage had been clocked.

The report says that purchasers spent an average of €518 correcting the problems and the total bill across Europe for faults is estimated to be between €1.9bn and €4.1bn a year. The findings highlight how crucial it is to get a thorough check done on any secondhand car you're thinking of buying.

Car history checks start from €10 with cartell.ie while the AA does full mechanical checks for €199.

- Aideen Sheehan

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