Who We Are

The Vehicle Safe Trading Advisory Group (VSTAG) is an industry forum created to help protect buyers and sellers of pre-owned vehicles from fraud during the online buying and selling process.

VSTAG helps online car buyers and sellers by:

  • Offering advice to consumers and car dealers on how to avoid vehicle-related fraud
  • Sharing intelligence between members that could reduce vehicle-related fraud, including advice on current scams and details of fraudulent ads
  • Developing national best practice guidelines for members on vehicle-related crime prevention and investigation
  • Liaising with law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities


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If you know about, or have been a victim of vehicle fraud or scam, we would like to hear about it.


VSTAG bring you the most up to date buying and selling tips to safeguard you and your money.

Our buying and selling advice and tips from industry specialists allow you to make the best judgements when it comes to buying or selling a vehicle online.

Our buyers guide, tips and checklist to help you through the buying process.

Our guide and checklist to help you through the online selling process.

Information on how to stay safe online, how to spot a scam – and the warning signs to look out for.


You may find these other sites useful in finding out more about safety online and help in buying and selling your vehicle.

These links are from industry leaders but VSTAG cannot guarantee their accuracy.

Useful links to help you in the buying and selling process