Damaged and crashed cars report for the month of June
Crashed and damaged cars
MyVehicle.ie has released the latest crashed and damaged cars report nationwide for June 2021. Hopefully you are not one of the unfortunate motorists that bought one of these cars last month.
Buying a car from a main franchise dealer is always a good decision as you have come-back if something goes wrong. Sometimes, though, even main dealers get caught out and sell a car that has been previously damaged or has unresolved mileage discrepancies.
Some franchise dealers may use a car history data supplier that does not have the same information on damage that MyVehicle.ie has due to partnerships with insurers and extensive databases. Some dealers may have a false sense of security with an inferior car check which may fail to show previous damage on the vehicle.
Some dealers may even buy a vehicle on foot of one of our reports by our parent company Vehicle Management System and then sell the car to the public with an inferior report from another supplier that does not show damage.
The latest shocking statistics below from MyVehicle.ie reveals that during the month of June, 275 vehicles were discovered to be written-off.
Discrepancies at the main dealerships
Franchise dealers again this month had 87 vehicles for sale which were subsequently discovered to have mileage discrepancies of one kind or the other. This is the reason why you should alway run a car history check even if it comes from an authorised main dealer.
Independent car dealers
During June we again saw 599 crashed and damaged vehicles sold at Independent dealerships. Again this is a large percentage of damaged and crashed cars being sold around the country.
In some cases, this is not just a mistake or an oversight by the dealer or because they forgot to run a car background check. In many cases, cars are deliberately sourced as damaged and categorised and the car’s history.
Don’t accept at face value when they say about damage that “it’s just a tip”. This is just code for; ‘it might have crashed before and was damaged but I’ve told you enough and I am hoping nothing comes back on me’. Unscrupulous car trading is prevalent in the used car market. The only way to protect yourself from buying a junker is to have your own car history check.
Discrepancies at independent dealerships
Independent Traders sold 228 vehicles in May with some kind of mileage discrepancy displayed on the report.
In many more instances these discrepancies cannot be 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. It is so important to run a history check on a car if it is being sold privately because you have almost zero chance of any comeback or consumer rights after you have bought the vehicle.
You should always carry out your due diligence when buying a used car from a private seller. Many private sellers do not know about car history checks and may have bought a car from the previous owner without knowing its true history.
The previous owner also may not have completed a car background background check. You might buy a car privately which was previously damaged but be blissfully ignorant of the fact.
During the month of June, 1,031 vehicles sold in the private sector were previously damaged or written-off.
This means that every single day in May, approximately 34 written-off vehicles were sold privately. Ask yourself, did I buy one of these vehicles last month?
Mileage discrepancies in the private car sales sector
In June, 110 vehicles were sold privately with some kind of mileage discrepancy. Many private sellers do not record mileage and many private buyers do not buy car checks so also do not record mileage for the record. This means that many owners may not even know that there has been a mileage discrepancy on the vehicle record prior to their ownership.
Don’t be one of these unfortunate car buyers. Always do a car check before you look at a car. Even if you have already bought the car, it's not too late to run a 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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