Damaged and Crashed vehicles in November
November crashed and damaged vehicles
MyVehicle.ie has released the crashed and damaged cars report for the month of November 2021. We hope that you are not one of those buyers who got caught out with a previously damaged car.
The month of November saw 218 vehicles written-off. This was slightly lower than last month when 256 vehicles were discovered to be written-off or damaged. This was a decrease of 38 vehicles compared to the month of September.
It is always advisable to buy a used car from a main franchise dealership, but occasionally, even main franchise dealerships get caught out and sell a used vehicle that may have had previous damage or has been written-off.
It is also a good idea to purchase a full car check before buying a used car from a franchise dealer and it should also be remembered that not all car history checks are the same. MyVehicle.ie has more damage data and alerts than any other supplier in Ireland.
It is common that some car traders and dealerships buy a vehicle on foot of a trade report by VMS (Vehicle Management System), the parent company of MyVehicle.ie, and then sell that very same vehicle to a member of the public with an inferior report from another history check supplier. That report by another history check provider may very well not show any damage alert at all on the vehicle.
Discrepancies at the main dealerships
Main dealers had 93 vehicles for sale which were discovered to have mileage discrepancies during November. Last month, 111 vehicles had some kind of mileage discrepancy so this was a drop by 18 from the previous month. It is vital, therefore, to always run a car check before buying from any, whether that be a franchise dealership, trader or privately.
Independent car dealers
During November we saw a big drop of 460 damaged vehicles sold at independent garages. This was down from 655 damaged or written-off vehicles in October, a decrease of 195 vehicles over the previous month of crashed or damaged vehicles sold at Independent dealerships.
It is important to remember that when you buy any used car, you should always get a car reg check. Never just take a seller's word for it. A trader may say that the car “just had a tip”. This may very well be code for; it might have been damaged before, but I have told you just enough to cover myself and I hope it doesn’t come back on me’.
Unscrupulous car traders are very prevalent in the used car market. The only way to protect yourself from buying a damaged or categorised car is to get a background car check.
Discrepancies at independent dealerships
As with car damage, there was also a sizable decrease in the number of cars showing mileage discrepancies during November. On sale at Independent dealers were 175 vehicles, which was down from 238 vehicles in October, a drop of 63 vehicles with some type of discrepancy displayed on the report.
In many more instances mileage discrepancies are not resolved and are found to be 'clocked' after investigation.
Private Car Sales Sector
The private car sector is where you will normally find the biggest problems and the biggest risk but during the month of September there was a massive drop in vehicles sold which were damaged.
During the month of September, there were 649 vehicles sold in the private sector which were previously damaged or written-off. This was a huge drop from October’s figures when 1,069 vehicles damaged or written-off. This was a huge drop of 420 over the previous month of October.
It is so important to remember that there is almost zero chance of any comeback or consumer rights after you have bought a car from a private seller and subsequently find out that there is an issue.
It also should be noted that many private sellers may not know anything about car history checks and may themselves have bought the car from the previous owner without knowing its true history.
The previous owner might also have not known about car checks and so a buyer in the private market runs a bigger risk than buying from a main dealer.
Mileage discrepancies in the private car sales sector
There was again a big drop in the number of discrepancies during November compared to the previous month. In November 194 vehicles were found with some kind of anomaly on the mileage record. In October, 249 vehicles were sold privately with discrepancies, a drop of 55.
Don’t be one of these unfortunate car buyers. Even if you have already bought a car, it's never too late to run your car background check. It is best to do it sooner or later and even after you have purchased the vehicle just in case you need to contact the seller for quick resolution.
Thousands of cars are showing a hidden past each month, so make sure you know what you are buying. Your pre-purchase research should be second-nature as it will prove to be extremely important. Remember...
Every vehicle has a past, check if it has a future!
Justin Kavanagh is a recognised leader in automotive intelligence and vehicle data supply to the entire motor industry. He has almost 20 years experience in building systems from the ground up. As the Managing Director of Vehicle Management System, he understands the need and importance of trustworthy and reliable vehicle history and advice to both the trade and the public.
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