COMPLAINTS made to Trading Standards about dodgy car dealers have fallen dramatically.

The Essex County Council-run team has reported a 43 per cent drop in calls about the most-complained about dealers.

Officers have attributed the fall to its successful Don’t Be Taken for a Ride campaign.

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If you have a complaint about a second-hand car call the Citizens' Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506 or visit