The UK may flatter itself that it has a reputation for fair play, but recent research has revealed that we are more than happy to pull a fast one when selling a car.
More than a quarter said that they would cheerfully lie through their teeth about a motor if they thought that there was a chance of selling it. One in ten adults in the UK admitted that they had already done so.
Typical stories include bodge-jobs that would give people enough time to disappear before the engine collapsed again. One generous soul said that they had thrown in a full tank – to ensure that not all the petrol ran out of the hole in it before the seller had made an escape.
Other well worn blags include touching up tyres and dashboards with boot polish and using mats to cover falling apart foot wells.
"Buying a car is full of potential traps, but if in doubt walk away," said an AA spokesman.
To make sure you do not get caught out take someone with you who is knowledgeable about cars to have a look at the vehicle. Do some research beforehand about the vehicle you are buying.