May 26, 2022

Thinking of buying a second hand car?

Bristol Street Motors is warning drivers looking to buy a used car amid fears that a common car scandal could become more popular ahead of the March 1 22-Plate release.

In most cases, Category C or ‘Cat C’ cars – vehicles that have been written off by their insurance company – are usually sold at auction to motorists and garages who can complete repairs at commercial prices. Are

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If the repairs are done to a high standard then there is usually no problem, but some buyers are falling prey to unscrupulous sellers who have completed the sub-repairs.

Motor traders and dealerships must indicate whether the vehicle has been written off, while private sellers do not – some drivers inadvertently purchase a written vehicle that is potentially unsafe for the road. Is.

“Unfortunately, not disclosing the full history of the vehicle is a common type of fraud that many car buyers fall prey to,” explained a Bristol Street Motors spokesman.

“This is something that has a significant impact on the price, because the actual price of the car is usually lower than the buyer’s payment, and once found, the issues significantly affect its resale value. Will do

“If the issues make it dangerous to drive, the cost could be even more significant, which could endanger the lives of both the driver and the passengers.”

“The private seller market is not regulated like motor traders, so some sellers are still fooling buyers. Buyers should be careful when buying a new car, especially in the coming months. When used cars will arrive in the registration of new vehicles. Market. “

“The vehicle was potentially unsafe to drive; there may have been issues that could have caused the accident.”

Craig discovered the history of his car just a few months after he bought it, which he thought was “in good condition and in good condition.”

The reality was something else.

Craig said: “The car was originally written as a Category C insurance write-off and I did some questionable repairs before I bought it, where it came back immediately as a write-off. It was scary. .

“The vehicle was potentially unsafe to drive; there may be issues that caused the accident. Similarly, my insurance may be invalid, as the previous written status was not disclosed to the provider.”

Craig is not alone in dealing with such scams.

“I was later contacted by an Investigator of Trading Standards, who was investigating a seller who had tried to deceive people several times before,” he said.

“I was told that the handwritten receipt and the ‘bought on sight’ seller was trying to impose a charge on the buyer.”

Looking back, Craig can now see some of the red flags he lost during the sale.

“The seller handwritten a receipt that said ‘bought as seen’ and asked me to sign a copy for it,” Craig said.

“Another thing is that the car already had private plates – I think it would be more difficult to check in the first place.”

6 Tips to Help Avoid Car Scams

1 Check vehicle history online.

Before you commit to buying a car, it is wise to check its history online. Some of the checks you can do are free, such as checking car details from DVLA (you have to ask the seller for registration number, MOT test number and mileage) and using the government’s MOT History Checker.

When purchasing from a private seller, you may also want to pay for a private date check. Costing approximately 20, this check will indicate any serious issues with the vehicle such as if it has been stolen, written off, or has outstanding finances.

2 Don’t fall prey to virtual vehicles.

Some scammers make a list of cars for sale that they do not have. Most common on marketplace sites, they will copy an ad from the current list and offer good mileage at a slightly cheaper price.

They will encourage you to pay for the car – or at least send a deposit to keep it without seeing it first. Once they have your details, they can withdraw cash from your account and the car will not be delivered.

Always look at a car in person before you agree to buy it and be wary of the broad excuse why you can’t.

3 Take someone with you for a second opinion.

Some private sellers may try to force you to make a decision before you have fully considered your options and made up your mind.

When you see a used car, take a friend or family member with you. Having a second opinion will benefit you and they may find something you don’t have.

4 Take it for a test drive.

The driving test is the only way to make sure the car is in good condition and check if it is right for you.

Drive on different roads for about 15 minutes, hearing any unpleasant noises.

5 If in doubt, do not buy it.

Your bowel movement is a good sign of whether you should move on with something. Don’t buy it if it doesn’t feel right.

The used car market is booming at the moment, so you’ll probably be able to find other models that are more realistic.

If buying from a private seller bothers you or you find it too complicated, buy from a reputable dealership instead.

Established dealers have already completed all the necessary vehicle inspections, which gives you peace of mind that there are no dirty surprises.

6 Beware of unexpected contact with DVLA or insurance companies

With an administrator involved in transferring and insuring a car to your property, you are more likely to be the victim of a phishing scandal immediately after buying a new car.

Scam texts and emails claiming to be from DVLA or an insurance company are common. They generally claim that there is a problem with the vehicle tax or cover and consumers need to enter their details to fix this problem. This can lead to identity or financial theft.

Beware of unexpected contact with DVLA or your insurance company, and never click on a suspicious link in a text message or email.

Keep an eye out for signs that the mail may not be genuine, such as spelling mistakes or unsolicited greetings such as ‘Dear Customer’.

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