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New BCA Assured scheme provides boost to used car market

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BCA is launching a new sales product that offers a range of benefits to buyers and sellers alike.

BCA Assured provides a report on a 30 point mechanical check carried out by an independent motoring organisation.

Only cars under 8 years and 120 000 miles are eligible and vendors will sign up in advance to have this check on their vehicles. The check includes an onsite drive to test brakes (to VOSA standards), warning lights, tyre depths, engine noise, limited gearbox check, suspension and fluid levels.

The report will appear in pre-sale cataloguing on the BCA website and a printed copy will be available with the vehicle when it is sold.

Buyers will have up to 48 hours or 500 miles to inform BCA if the vehicle they have purchased does not match the report it was sold with. BCA will agree to rectify faults on any vehicles that are misreported and in extreme circumstances provide a full refund.

The roll out of BCA Assured started at Blackbushe and Brighouse in November, and will reach Measham, Nottingham, Derby and Bedford before the end of the year. By the end of Quarter 1, 2012, BCA Assured will be operating at all UK centres with LCVs planned to be introduced there after.

BCA’s UK operations director Simon Henstock commented “This new BCA Assured scheme will provide peace of mind for private customers and another level of product confidence for trade buyers. Sellers meanwhile have the opportunity to create an even stronger following for their brand at BCA by adopting this new scheme. Improved buyer confidence means more buyer power and that will inevitably lead to more robust sales at BCA – which benefits everybody.”

Henstock continued “Whilst this scheme will initially only apply to cars, we look forward to extending the programme to our commercial vehicles in 2012”

He added “This is yet another way BCA is improving the selling process for all our customers. With limited stock available, it is crucial we maximise the opportunities with every vehicle we sell and this new scheme is aimed at achieving just that.”

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