Car site helps buyer beware

Buyers of secondhand cars may be helped to avoid duds and frauds by a new official website containing background details on vehicles for sale.

HistoVec is aimed at stopping cheating in personal sales or via small garages, where the kilometrage is wound back or a crash-damaged or written-off car is tarted up to look new.

Consumer protection agency DGCCRF said “half of secondhand sales involved serious or minor fraud” in 2015. Last year 5.7million vehicles were sold on the véhicules d’occasion market.

Investigators have ...

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