Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Ladies Only
Do you know your crankshaft from your dipstick?

Womenís impressions of the motor trade are often marred by bad previous experiences. Some members of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Motor Trade Partnership are holding a number of events specifically aimed at women to change their views, while also providing a fun, yet informative evening. An officer from trading standards will be available on the evening to answer any questions and give basic advice on what to look for when buying a car, what questions to ask and the pitfalls that you can encounter.

Some members have arranged a range of events for the evenings, including fashion shows, beauty makeover, demonstrations on how to change a tyre and lots, lots more.

The Motor Trade Partnership is now in its second year and the main aim for the Partnership in the coming months is to ensure that the residents of West Yorkshire are aware that the Partnership exists and what benefits they can gain by choosing a member. The members are committed to customer care and where an issue canít be resolved between the parties then the matter can be referred to a Trading Standards Liaison Officer, who can help to arbitrate the situation.

Customers can rest assured in the knowledge that the members carry out a series of checks to ensure that the vehicles they sell donít have outstanding finance, have not been a write off and that the mileage is correct.

Councillor Graham Clarke Chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Services said, ďIt is very important the consumers of West Yorkshire are aware of the Motor Trade Partnership. It is clear that the Partnership works, as complaints against members have fallen by a staggering 61% since the launch of the Scheme. I would urge consumers to make informed purchases, donít get caught out and look for the Motor Trade Partnership logo. Alternatively, contact the Consumer Help Line on 0113 384 8848 who are able to provide you with a list of current members. Details are also available on our website atĒ

The dates and times of events are listed below.

Lightcliffe Motors 18th March 2003 (FULLY BOOKED)
Shelf 6:30pm

C D Bramall 2nd April 2003 (PLACES AVAILABLE)
Bradford Road 7:00pm

West Yorkshire Motors 17th April 2003 (PLACES AVAILABLE)
Junction 32 M62 7:15pm

If any women would like to attend the above events, contact West Yorkshire Trading Standards Helpline on 0113 384 8848 who will arrange for an invitation to be sent. It is possible that more events will be planned for later in the year, so donít worry if you are unable to attend on the above dates.

Notes to the Editor

Any press wishing to attend the events should contact Angela France on the number below to advise of attendance. Photographers are welcome.

The agendas are as follows

West Yorkshire Motors
Fashion Show
Talk by Trading Standards
Workshop Tour/Vehicle Appreciation

Motors C D Bramall
West Yorkshire Police Ė Women Drivers
Talk by Trading Standards
Virgin-Vie Ė Demonstration
Demonstration Ė acupressure and massage

Lightcliffe Motors
Lingerie Fashion Show
Beauty Demonstration
JJB Sport Talk and Demonstration
Consumer rights Ė Trading Standards
Vehicle Appreciation
How to change a tyre

For further information please contact:

Angela France Motor Trade Partnership Liaison Officer 0113 2898284
Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager (General Media Contact) 0113 2898218
Linda Davis Principal Officer (Education & Promotion) 0113 2898246