Car buyers are being warned not to purchase MG Rover cars after the company producing the vehicles went bankrupt.

The Consumers' Institute and the Dog & Lemon Guide for car buyers warned yesterday that a new range of MG and Rover cars were now being offered by dealers without any mention that the parent company was dead.

They said the remains of the MG Rover company had been sold to China, but there was no guarantee the new owners would continue to support existing vehicles.

"Buyers of MG Rover cars may find themselves unable to get parts and service in years to come.

"Worst of all, they may be unable to resell these vehicles at anything like the purchase price," Consumers' Institute chief executive David Russell said.

"Our only possible advice is to completely avoid these vehicles."