Saturday 24 June 2017

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.

Irish Independent

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