About Us & Testimonials Car Sleuth
Scott Hylton – Car Sleuth Founder

Scott recognised the need for impartial car buying advice. His expert knowledge of the new and used car markets provide the basis for Car Sleuth’s service offering. His enthusiasm for all cars, whether economy or luxury, ensures each client is treated with the same goal in mind – to provide a timely, stress-free car buying experience. In November, 2020 Scott was interviewed by Car Dealer Magazine. Have a look here to see Scott talk a little bit about himself and the service he offers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GpJ2hOmvlA&t=1033s

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

I got Scott to source a new/nearly new Porsche Macan for me, when they were in short supply and subject to potential 6 month waiting times and I have to say, he did a standout job. Matched my specification to a T and the eventual car purchased genuinely turned out better than I expected and was delivered early! The service from start to finish was excellent and I would have no hesitation in recommending Scott or using his services again. DAVID, Kensington & Chelsea, London

Hi Scott, just writing to say thanks for your help in finding the new car. My wife has driven it about two thousand miles now and seems very pleased with it. She is enjoying driving an automatic, and all the modern tech that comes with a newer car. For my part I am relieved to know she is out travelling all day in a reliable vehicle. I had been looking at cars for some months, but never felt confident to make a purchase, so it was good to complete the process in the two weeks. I had become weary of all the searching. Thank you again. STEVE, East London

Thank you so much Scott.  I really appreciate everything you did for me and all your advice.  It really made a difference having someone who knew what they were talking about, to chat it through with!  And we got there quite quickly which was the best part..! I love my new car… So thank you so much again!  And I will recommend you to others if they are in need! SARAH, West London

As soon as I spoke to Scott Hylton of Car Sleuth, I knew he could help me replace my Audi – something I could not/did not want to do myself as I really don’t know much about cars. Scott has a very thorough process and checklist to make sure he finds the right car for you. He updated me on some technical changes that Audi had introduced since I bought my previous one which I would never have known – he knows and loves cars! From start to finish, Scott kept me informed, kept to the timetable and managed the process very professionally. I knew I was in good hands. It was a very smooth and quick process. I would not hesitate to recommend Car Sleuth. VICKY, West Sussex

Scott, a great job done and with minimum fuss. Given all the moving parts, that would have been a nightmare without your expertise and organisation, and I dare say the our old BMW would have been with us until the bitter end – thank you so much for your help! MARK H-G, Shepherd’s Bush, London

Hey! Just writing to say that I’m really enjoying my new car. And enjoying looking at it too out of the window! So easy to drive especially when I’ve just driven my old car. Thank you again! MARK G., Queen’s Park, London

Hi Scott – thanks so much! I used the heated steering wheel this weekend – very toasty : ) I’ll definitely be recommending you to others! Thanks so much for all your help. RACHAEL, Dulwich, London

Thank you very much – we took it for a spin on the weekend and it was great – really appreciate your help in the process and will spread the good word! SCOTT, Islington, London

Hi Scott, thank you very much for all your help. I’ve had a few outings in the car and all is well so far. I made a nice bed for my dog under one of the magic seats but, as you can see from the attached pic, he was not impressed with the wide-open space. I guess you can’t please everyone! Thanks again and I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know searching for a new or used car. LISA, Islington, London

I wanted to say a big thank you for your help, I absolutely love the car and couldn’t be happier with the overall outcome. I will be sure to leave a review, let me know where is best. Thanks again. GEORGE, West Sussex

Hey Scott, we are so happy with the car. It really is perfect for us. Thank you so much for all your advice as well as general enthusiasm in getting us to the end result! TARYN AND MATT, Kensal Rise, London

Thanks Scott – a really brilliant service and as I’ve said, I’ve shared your website with friends. I’ll be in touch when we need our next car! ANNYS, Nottinghill, London

I had a fantastic experience with Scott. Not only did he find us a great car for a great price but he helped us with all the surrounding decisions – do we lease or do we buy, what about electric cars, what’s the quickest way to sell our existing car etc etc. As we were making a pretty significant purchase, this surrounding information and consequent peace of mind was invaluable to us. I am already looking forward to buying our next car with Scott. HATTY, Clerkenwell, London

Having discussed my particular vehicle requirements, Scott also provided very helpful input relevant to selecting a make and model that could best retain its second hand value. Having trawled advertisements myself without finding a match for my surprisingly tricky specification Scott sourced a vehicle, arranged fitting of a reversing camera and agreed an exceptional purchase price. The outcome was an Audi Q7 with a much higher specification than I’d stipulated at a very pleasing all in cost. Courteous and hassle free service with great advice and attention to detail – job done. KEITH, Guildford, Surrey

I can thoroughly recommend Car Sleuth. Scott makes an often confusing and laborious process straightforward and painless. MARK C., Queen’s Park, London

Scott came highly recommended and lived up to expectations. I thought I’d have to wait at least 6 months for the car we wanted but he quickly tracked down a model that we liked and I was able to test drive it and then buy it the next weekend. Scott is friendly, efficient and communicates very well – and massively reduces the stress of buying a car! ANTHONY, Islington, London

Hi Scott, I made it home on total electric and it was great! I was so engrossed in driving the new car that I forgot to get out and give you a hug and thank you properly for all your wonderful help in making this happen. THANK YOU! It was so seamless and easy, but only because of all your help. REBECCA, Queen’s Park, NW London

Scott, thanks so much. You made the whole thing easy. Including logistics and confidence/knowledge gaps. I will recommend you to anyone I know in need of a car. GAVIN, Notting Hill, West London

Having got no further in our search for a new car than buying a copy of WhatCar? magazine that lay around the house for 6 months doing nothing useful, we decided to give Scott a go. Within days he’d talked us through our options and put together a short list, and barely another week later we had our ideal new car. He does cost a bit more than WhatCar? magazine, but he’s worth it. JIM & SAM, Chiswick, West London

Hi Scott, thanks again for your help with the car. My mother in law loves it. She texted the other day to say she feels like she won the lottery. We would have never made it happen without you. JACOB, Montana, USA

Scott is excellent at understanding the requirements of his clients and really helps you to optimise your budget. As a working mum with very little knowledge of cars and a husband travelling a lot, it was a real challenge to find a car that would fit our needs and budget in such a short time frame. Our old car died on us over the holiday and we had to replace it urgently. With Scott’s help and expertise, it was done in less than a week! SIDIKA Maida Vale London

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 can’t recommend Scott’s Car Sleuth service enough! From education through search and final purchase the whole process was completely painless. Aside from not having to waste valuable time shopping around very unfamiliar hybrid territory, we also 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, part-ex’d our old car and 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

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

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