The licensing of second hand car dealers in Scotland

Mark Gabbott

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The second hand car trade in the UK has been largely ignored by researchers and yet consumer problems in this market are significant. There is a considerable body of literature concerning occupational licensing and this paper examines the application of a compulsory licensing system for second hand car dealers which was introduced in Scotland in 1982. The fundamental issue of whether or not licensing can contribute to consumer protection in this market is obscured by the administrative framework in which licensing has been set. This has a number of implications for both consumers and second hand car dealers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consumer Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1990


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