Guess what: unless you buy a used car from your mum, you’ll have no idea how it has been driven before you bought it.
This apparently shocking development prompted two complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which confirmed that two cars, sold by dealership Glyn Hopkin of Essex, were not sold as advertised, using an advertisement template supplied by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Actually, the two cars were entirely as advertised, but were also as not-advertised, having been used as fleet or company vehicles yet with neither FCA nor the dealer making it totally clear in the ads that this was the case.
But of course it was the case. The UK new car market is only 2.5 million cars a year, yet a million people in the UK drive a new company car. And because private buyers don’t want to stomach the depreciation of a new car, countless hundreds of thousands more discounted new cars filter onto various fleets throughout the land, essentially to support the used car market. So the vast majority of nearly new cars are former fleet cars. I know this. You know this. Everyone buying a nearly new car knows this.
Even our complainant (singular, weirdly, having bought two Alfa Giuliettas, of around 10,000 and 20,000 miles respectively) admitted knowing this, but then objected to the fact that the cars in question might have been used – I don’t know – as cars anyway. Perhaps, even – gasp! – by more than one person.