WMS Group launches Safe and Sound to provide real satisfaction and value for used car buyers.

The WMS Group are delighted to announce the launch of the Safe and Sound scheme – an exceptional seven element programme for quality used cars designed to create real consumer confidence and add value.

Eric Stone, WMS Group business development director commented: “Safe and Sound has been designed with the used car buyer in mind – until now, there was no other programme like this available to customers of the independent car dealerships. The research we conducted showed us that the top three things that car buyers looked for were safety, value for money and reliability – Safe and Sound was developed to cover these requirements, plus take care of those additional worries such as whether the mileage is correct and if breakdown cover is provided. Buying a car can be a worry for buyers – which dealer can they trust, will they be paying a fair price, does it come with a warranty and if so, what does it cover? Being a Safe and Sound dealership will give the consumer a reason to buy from you. We have committed to a six figure investment for Safe and Sound which will include local and national marketing platforms such as TV and radio advertising later in the year.”

The Safe and Sound programme includes a wear and tear 6 month all mechanical and electrical car warranty^, 60 point vehicle inspection, 6 month recovery package, providence check (HPI), mileage verification, independent valuation from and a dealer buy-back guarantee. This market leading, value added car warranty package is automatically included with EVERY vehicle sold by one of the Safe and Sound approved dealerships. Safe and Sound is the new way for consumers to buy their next car – safety checked, independently price checked and car warranty protected…it takes away the ‘what if’s’ and doubts, allowing them to enjoy their car without the fear of a huge repair bill in the future. The WMS Group are currently recruiting dealerships nationwide that would like to become part of the Safe and Sound network who want the opportunity to stand out from the next dealer by offering their customers something completely different. The scheme will be limited to a select number of sites with the aim of recruiting 150 Safe and Sound dealers in year one.

The scheme is endorsed by motor racing legend Sir. Stirling Moss OBE, who was renowned for his impressive Formula 1 victories back in the 1950’s and 60’s. Stirling commented: “I often get approached to put my name to products and services but when I was introduced to Safe and Sound I knew this was something that was valuable for the consumer…a car warranty programme that goes further and adds value – a product that is good for the car buyer and good for the industry. We all know buying a car is a big decision and this product brings with it peace of mind – removing those niggling doubts about safety, car history, real mileage and even if you’re paying a fair price. I am pleased to have my name associated with Safe and Sound; it’s a winning product for motorists in the UK.”

To add further value, Safe and Sound car buyers will get entered into a draw to win back the price of their vehicle up to £15,000 and Stirling Moss will personally draw the winners name at random from the Safe and Sound database in April 2012.

Matt Tumbridge, editor of UsedCarExpert.co.uk added: “Safe & Sound brings main dealer-level quality control and peace of mind to the mass market. UsedCarExpert.co.uk’s research shows that people know they pay more at main dealers, but do so because of the peace of mind that the checks, inspections and warranty give. Well now, when they see the Safe & Sound flags on the forecourt of an independent dealer, they know they are going to get the same peace of mind there too.”

To find out more information about the scheme, contact Eric Stone on 07789 682502 or visit www.safeandsoundcars.com

^Wear and tear applies to vehicles up to 6 years and 60,000 miles at the policy inception date that have not exceeded 85,000 miles at the time of claim. A support product is available for vehicles which have exceeded these parameters. Please note that service items are specifically excluded.