Weeding out the scammers
When an Irish car is written off, insurers notify the National Vehicle and Driver File office in Shannon.
A 'lock' is put on those vehicles.
The registered owner is told the vehicle needs a major mechanical check-over before being passed.
With used imports, cars go through an NCT test if they are four years or older.
The NCT test is reckoned to do a good job, but by its nature it is not designed for detecting all write-offs.
According to the Department of Transport's own memo, detecting write-offs requires specialist engineers taking a lot of time to assess a vehicle's repair history and structure.