Is it safe to buy a new car from a broker?

My son wants to buy a new Renault Clio and we have been offered what seems to be a very good deal by an online dealer. None of the local dealers in our area can match the price and we’re very tempted. However, a local dealer has said the car we want could be registered from overseas and may not be what it seems. What questions should I ask the online dealer and how can I best protect my son?

Asked on 27 January 2014 by Froggie

Answered by Honest John
You need to make sure that the car will indeed be UK dealer supplied and will immediately be registered to you. If so, no problem. The reason why brokered cars are cheaper is that brokers channel a lot of cars through a single dealer, enabling the dealer to get volume discounts that an ordinary dealer cannot obtain because he does not sell sufficient volume.
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