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Edition No. 156

Date:- 19 June 2004

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UK CAR BUYERS ARE BEING DENIED SAVINGS THROUGH DEALER MYTHS

CONSUMERS are missing out on huge savings on new and used UK cars after receiving false information from dealers, according to a recent survey of UK dealerships.

A recent survey carried out by jamjar cars found that 57 per cent of sales executives gave false information about direct retailers, potentially stopping consumers from making savings of up to £1,300 on each car surveyed. 

One in five sales executives advised customers that if they bought a car from an internet-based retailer such as Jamjar cars, they would experience serious difficulties having their car serviced, despite the fact that 100 per cent of service advisors at the same dealerships agreed to service the cars when questioned. 

In some cases, dealers inaccurately claimed that a car bought from a direct retailer could not be serviced anywhere in the UK, supported by further assertions that the cars in question would not be to UK-specification. 

Half the dealers told customers that all direct retailers supply imports, while other popular myths were that online retailers provide inadequate warranties, that customers cannot part exchange and that there is no support or 'back-up service' available after the sale of the vehicle is confirmed. 

In some cases, sales executives even made claims that internet dealers replace manufacturer parts by older parts before sale or those cars from retailers like jamjar cars are ex-Army vehicles imported from Germany. 

CHIEF EXEC THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET

AN impressive 96 members of staff from Sefton MBC will be swelling the ranks for the Sefton Corporate Cup. And a large part of their motivation will be trying to beat Chief exec Graham Haywood, who is also taking part!

Council boss Graham Haywood will have more than the honour of his own team at stake when he competes in this years Sefton Corporate Cup…

Because Graham will be the man to beat for more tan 90 other runners in the event on July 14… all of whom are his employees at Sefton MBC.

However the Chief Exec is pretty confident that his pride will not be too badly dented as he runs with his team, Haywood's Heroes, round the 5km course.

Graham said:- "The Sefton Corporate Cup is an excellent opportunity for the members of all the other teams to beat me! My team is unchanged from last year and now we know the course and the distance we will be unstoppable!"

Among the other departments with teams enrolled in the Cup are Housing, Legal and Admin, Social Services, Public Services and Finance.

The Sefton Corporate Cup is funded by South Sefton PCT and Southport and Formby PCT and takes place on the evening of July 14 in Victoria Park. This year's charity beneficiary is the British Heart Foundation.

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