Get the facts BEFORE you buy

If your looking to buy from a car dealership, Carbuco can help reduce the risk of being ripped off by running a series of checks designed to help you identify rogue traders. 

We help you unlock key information about any car dealer

The risk without research

  • If they are not registered you have minimal rights when things go wrong
  • They could disappear overnight leaving you with nothing
  • The auto industry receives more complaints via Trading Standards than any other industry
  • BBC's Watchdog recommends car buyers should research car dealers before buying

What you get in your dealer check

  • We assess the risk of buying from any dealer with over 30 different checks
  • Check online reviews across the internet
  • Recent County Court Judgments
  • Investigate dealer history to make sure no adverse information found
  • Research Directors
  • Identify linked dealerships
  • FREE report sent via email within an hour

Our dealer check was launched to help car buyers understand who they are buying from. Used car dealers are the least trusted of all professions and there is good reason for this. Our report uses our expertise and know how to help you see exactly who you are buying from. 

Carbuco can run background checks on any UK car dealer. Our reports are suited more for independent dealerships vs main franchise brands. It’s those dealerships we know little about that represent the biggest risk.

Yes, it’s 100% FREE with no catch. All we need from you is your name so we know who we are talking to, the dealership who you want us to investigate and an email address so we can send your report over to you. 

All we ask for in exchange is that you share your feedback via reviews/ shares/ likes on Facebook. It is so important that as many people as possible know about us so that we can learn and improve our reports. Together we can clean up the industry and give car buyers valuable information to save them losing their money at the hands of rogue traders. Visit our Facebook page here

Why the car dealer background check is so important

Auto Trader identified that only 7% of car buyers trust car dealers
UK consumers who trust used car dealer according to
Least trusted industry currently operating in the UK
  • Citizens Advice have had over 61, 000 reported cases involving used vehicles over the past 12 months (April 2018-2019)
  • Around 40% of all reviews posted on Car Dealer Reviews in 2019 were negative

We are committed to helping car buyers


We complete checks into any car dealer

  • Are they registered & legitimate
  • Owner background checks
  • Linked dealerships
  • Online review assessment
  • We check for County Court Judgments


Reduce the risk of being ripped off

  • We help identify rogue traders
  • Only 7% of car buyers trust dealers
  • Most complaints to Trading Standards
  • Least trusted industry in the UK
  • Is your money at risk?


Each report is individually tailored to you

  • Checks completed within an hour
  • Sent to you via email
  • Only dealer checks available in the UK
  • Each dealership is Carbuco rated
  • Pre & post sale support

Why should I use Carbuco

We care. We want to help. We aim to make a difference. The reason we have put together our "Car dealer background checks" is because our founder would read reviews every single day from car buyers who were mistreated and lost hundreds and even thousands of pounds. Our report can identify excellent dealerships meaning you go into your purchase with confidence and trust established. In those cases where we identify other customers who have been mistreated or make advisories about who you are buying from then this really could save you money and unwanted stress.

  • We are a business who cares and we always put our community first
  • Our experience means we know what to look for to help avoid scams
  • We access information you can't in order to help you make a more informed decision
  • If things go wrong and the dealership wont help then TALK TO US. We can give you tips to get them to act and the tools to help others in avoiding the dealership. You really do shape the purchases of future car buyers.

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How this site works

Carbuco wants our visitors to understand how we operate. We are a journalistic site that aims to use our experience and that of our visitors to provide advice, support, tip and techniques to make your car buying experience hassle free. We can't guarantee that our site will protect you against having a bad experience, so please use the information at your own risk and we can't accept liability if anything goes wrong.

Any articles, videos or forum comments do not constitute as financial advice. In all instances we recommend our visitors undertake their own research independent to Carbuco.

At all times we always act in the best interests of consumers. Using our extensive knowledge regarding UK car dealerships gained from years of processing reviews we are merely relaying this information and are not the source of the information gained. 

Where we offer advice regarding reviews & the reputation of dealerships, we are merely sharing information and this does not constitute as a direct advice to either avoid or purchase. You should always use our information provided alongside your own research.

The opinions and advice shared within our posts or forum are those of the author and not the views or opinions of

Carbuco is an independently owned company, although our knowledge base can come from external websites we stand alone in representing the best interests of our car buyer community.