Motor quality is driven up

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THE standard of second-hand cars for sale has improved overall in 2001 – while almost a third were still found to be unsafe.

A recent study by West Lothian Council’s Trading Standards officers found that ten of the 33 cars for sale from second-hand dealers they examined failed to pass the appropriate tests.

This is an improvement on the November 2010 study, where 40 per cent were found to be defective.

Ed Machin, principal Trading Standards Officer, said: “This study shows the majority of used cars for sale are in good condition and the standard is improving, but there is still a sizeable minority with problems.”