HPI reckons it’s about time CO2 information carried on new cars was extended to used models, too.
‘We support the new DfT guidelines, as it is an important step towards helping consumers make informed decisions when buying a car,’ explains Daniel Burgess, Automotive Director for HPI.
‘However, new cars are only part of the story. The guidelines could go further and include the used car market – which saw sales of 1.89 million vehicles sold in the first three months of this year.’
Guidelines state that all new car promotional material must carry CO2 emissions information. But no such regulations are in place for used models – not ideal, says HPI, given how levels of CO2 produced are becoming an increasingly significant buying parameter.
The London Congestion Charge, for example, is already centred around CO2 levels. If this extends to other cities, the importance of CO2 for used cars will only increase. Don’t forget next year’s potentially punitive new Road Fund Licence rates, either – again, based on CO2.
Help is at hand, though. An HPI Check includes a free CO2 Certificate, providing vital information to used car buyers looking to make greener choices and reduce their tax bills. The Certificate highlights the level of CO2 emissions a vehicle creates, using the industry-standard CO2 emissions rating.
‘With CO2 emissions at the top of everyone’s agenda, HPI aims to help used car buyers reduce their carbon footprint, keep running costs down and stay on the road to a greener future,’ adds Burgess.