CAR SLEUTH

Car buying services for busy people

If you are time constrained, unfamiliar or simply don’t enjoy haggling for a car, let us be your car finder.

Let Car Sleuth find you the perfect car

We know that buying a car is time consuming and stressful, so we started Car Sleuth - a bespoke car buying service to help busy Londoners make the right decision when they buy a car.

Whether it's new or used cars, economy or luxury, Car Sleuth's car buying service will provide a shortlist of vehicles that will be tailored just for you.

This means no wasted time, and no stress.

We are experts in:

new family cars

Our car buying service advises growing families on how to find the right new car, at the right price, for their changing needs. Will you buy on a PCP? Or an HP? Let us go through with you the various finance options that are available to ensure you get proper car value.

High performance and luxury cars

You likely have a good idea of what high performance or luxury car you’re after but let our car buying service ensure you get the exact specifications and options you want, at the right price.

Used family cars

If a used car is what you’re after, let us wade through the thousands of listings to provide you with a shortlist of used cars that will suit your needs. We check the credibility of the used car dealer and assess the car before you do. This will save you time and could save you from making a very costly mistake. Consider this car buying service to be “Peace of Mind Car Buying”.

Transparent Pricing

Unlike other car brokers here in the UK, Car Sleuth does not get paid by the car dealer. This more common payment method could lead to favouritism towards one brand or dealer rather than ensuring you get the right vehicle for your needs. With this difference in mind, and appreciating that it’s better for you to know our fees up front, Car Sleuth’s car buying services start from £500 depending on the price of the car, as shown below:

  £0 – £9,999    —>    £500

  £10,000 – £19,999    —>     £750

  £20,000 – £39,999    —>     £900

  £40,000 – £99,999    —>    £1000

  £100,000 upwards    —>    POA

Don't take our word for it - here's what Our clients say:

Scott at Car Sleuth proved to be an absolute saviour. As a mother of 4 (with a large dog in tow), no interest whatsoever in cars and very little time I had put off changing car for years…despite it becoming increasingly urgent to do so. Scott went beyond the call of duty at every stage: when identifying the right vehicle for us, finding where best to get hold of it, getting our old car sale ready (from MOT to a new windscreen to valeting) and finally negotiating with the dealer. Thank you Scott - we will never buy a car without you again!
Claire
Maida Vale London
I contacted Scott at Car Sleuth on the recommendation of a colleague. I am expecting my first baby at the end of March so wanted a new car before then! Scott asked all the right questions before recommending, and finding, the right car for our needs. He lined up the test drives and negotiated the final price for me and was even able to deliver our new car to our home! What a great service and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Car Sleuth to other people.
Suzanna
Leyton, London
I can't recommend Scott’s Car Sleuth service enough! From education through search and final purchase the whole process was completely painless. Aside from wasting valuable time shopping around very unfamiliar hybrid territory, we saved more on the net cost of our new car by using Scott than we paid him in fees. After Scott undertook a very thorough search for the specific hybrid Volvo XC90 we had settled on with his guidance, he found one for us at a dealer a few hours outside of London. Scott drove to the dealer and part-ex'd our old car delivered our new one to us. That’s what I call service!
Nancy
Chiswick, West London
My role as a lawyer in the City means that not only would I never have had time to find a replacement car, I am also acutely aware that I know very little about the market. My preference for peace of mind and getting a good deal resulted in me still driving my 10 year-old Prius a year after I had promised to give it to my brother. I felt very uneasy spending a considerable sum of money without being more certain of what I was doing. Was there a better car I should be considering? Is this dealer ripping me off in some way? The result was complete inertia. I contacted Scott at Car Sleuth and within two weeks I had a new car that I’m thrilled with. This service really was perfect for me as it replaced all the hassle of finding a new car with a smugness that no shiny-suited car dealer got the better of me. I can't recommend Scott highly enough.
Clare
Queen's Park, North London
Once we finally decided that we did in fact need a car in London, the question was which car? Scott helped us hone in on the right car for our needs. The rest was a cake walk. He had done the research. He chaperoned me to the dealers, came on the test drives with me and helped negotiate with the dealer. Thank you Scott. It was great working with you.
jane
St John's Wood, London
Having just moved back to London before the start of school, I needed a new car pretty quickly. Scott was able to find me the perfect car, at a great price, in under two weeks. What a great service – highly recommended.
Shannon
St John's Wood, London
Hi Scott, Just a further thanks for your help - it has been invaluable and I am really pleased with the car. Will spread the word!
Dr Dan
Golders Green, London
Car Sleuth is such an awesome service! Scott is super-knowledgeable (but doesn’t blind you with too much info or spec-talk), gives you just the right number of car options, and takes all the stress out of the process because he’s at the dealership with you - by your side and on your side. Scott’s such a great guy... and couldn’t be more helpful. My wife and I drove-off our car within a week. Honestly, we couldn’t recommend more highly using Scott and Car Sleuth.
Chris and sarah
Kensal Rise, North London
I warmly recommend Scott Hylton and Car Sleuth for anyone seeking a new or used car who, like me, lacks knowledge and time. He drew up a short list, talked me through the options, helped me to negotiate a purchase, came down with me to the car dealer, and was at my side every step of the way. He has excellent knowledge of cars and the car market, he is very professional and he never lets you down.
richard, CBE
Hampstead, North London
We knew we wanted to trade-in our diesel for a hybrid, but with our limited knowledge or enthusiasm for cars, Car Sleuth made the whole process not only seamless, but actually quite fun. I was happily driving our hybrid out of the dealer (with the handbrake on) about 2.5 weeks after first calling Scott. He actively encouraged us to ask as many questions as we wanted about his recommendations but also gave us space to make decisions when it suited us. Highly recommended.
MIranda
Islington, London
Car Sleuth helped me buy a beautiful hybrid SUV. He guided me through the entire process with enthusiasm and patience. He walked me through the pros and cons of which car to buy. He organised test drives, negotiated the price, made sure I got the best part ex price for my old car, sorted out the economics of the purchase lease. Literally everything. All I had to do was choose the colour! I’m recommending Car Sleuth to everyone!!
james and elizabeth
Central London
Lucy and I couldn’t agree on what car to buy for over a year and hated the idea of schlepping round dealers at the weekend. We are definitely not ‘car’ people. It took Scott just under 10 days from our initial chat. He quickly established a good rapport and gave us a shortlist explaining the pros and cons of each car. When we chose the car, he sourced one, did all the background checks and negotiated the price with the dealership. He even helped us sell our old car for a good price. All we had to do was turn up and do the paperwork. We chose a car which we had never even considered before Scott proposed it and we love it. Car Sleuth is a brilliant idea - a great service, offers really good value and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Scott to other families.
Adam and Lucy
Queen's Park, London
Scott's expertise and insight are invaluable. Once I had an idea of what I needed, Scott put together a shortlist, one of which I test drove. The following week we had a new car. This really is the easiest way to buy a new car. It takes all the stress and uncertainty out of the process.
rebecca
Queen's Park, London
I called Car Sleuth on Monday morning and by Thursday I had a new car! Scott took away the hassle and stress by doing all the research and legwork for me. What a service – highly recommended.​
Mimi
Fulham, London
As a working mother with two small children and a husband who is constantly travelling, I needed help finding a car. Car Sleuth found me the perfect car in just a few days and made the purchase process completely stress-free. Thank you Scott at Car Sleuth!
Erin
Queen's Park, London

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