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.

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

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, 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 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

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

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