MORE than three-quarters of the population would not trust a
priest to sell them a car, a survey from vehicle-data firm HPI
Although the poll found that only one in four buyers would
believe what a cleric - of any denomination - told them, no other
trade or calling was better regarded. The next most trustworthy
group was said to be mechanics, who found favour with 19 per cent
of the 300 people questioned by Gorkana Surveys. Behind them were
doctors and other medical professionals, at 15 per cent, and
teachers, at 12 per cent.
Least trusted were builders, who were backed by just one per
cent of those questioned. IT professionals were backed by two per
cent, and the military found four per cent support. Lawyers and
accountants were on a par with sales professionals, at six per
Despite the low rating for the armed forces, however, 47 per
cent of those questioned said they would be more likely to buy a
used car from a person wearing a uniform. Police, firefighters, and
nurses were the most popular.
"Nearly half of the people we surveyed would be swayed by a
used-car seller in a uniform, which means they could also be duped
by shiny paintwork and a rock-bottom price. If that vehicle is
stolen or on outstanding finance, an unsuspecting buyer could lose
the vehicle and what they paid for it, when it's returned to the
rightful owner," said Noel Hodson, managing director of HPI, which
provides background details of cars for potential buyers.
"It's important to remember that unscrupulous sellers will do
whatever it takes to con innocent used-car buyers out of their
cash, including impersonating people in authority. That's why we
advise buyers to use their head, not their heart."