[LISTEN] How a Code 3 vehicle landed up back on the road, twice

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler has revealed how a Code 3 vehicle (a car which should rarely make it on the road) was sold twice even after being written off when it was caught up in the 2016 floods in Johannesburg.

The car, a 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth, suffered extensive damage and was apparently written off as a Code 2.

It was then found to be on sale at Daly Selectacar in Klerksdorp which bought the car as a code 2. Ursula Grobler purchased the vehicle. When she experienced problems with it and could not get any joy from the dealership, she sent a complaint to the Motor Industry Ombud.

She won the case. The dealership took back the car and put it back on sale. Knowler was then approached by a man who bought the car.

How did that Code 3 end up as a Code 2 (ordinary used car) on the eNatis paperwork?

He drove with it to Durban at night and when he got to Durban there were problems with it. He complained about it and took them to an RMI workshop. What he had done when he came to me, armed with the report from the workshop citing all these problems related to the water damage, he found Ursula had it taken back on the motor ombudsman's ruling

Wendy Knowler, Correspondent - Consumer Talk

Then he found the person who was driving the car, Mr Shaik and they exchanged notes. He sent us pictures of what the car looked like after; there was just mud in the car, in the engine, everywhere.

Wendy Knowler, Correspondent - Consumer Talk

Knowler says the car dealership says it bought the vehicle from an auction house which indicated it as used vehicle and not a Code 3. The dealership says it can only speculate what transpired and are investigating the matter.

Alexander Forbes came back to me and say they revised the car as Code 2 but the point is that this car is sold from one auction house to another and lands up on the floor of that dealership. It is unconscionable for a consumer to buy a car as an ordinary used car with absolutely no disclosure around that fact that it was floating down a street once in 2016.

Wendy Knowler, Correspondent - Consumer Talk

The fact that this car was water damaged, how easy was it for that fact to be covered up to the point that it got to the showroom floor? And where are the checks available to the bankers, dealerships about the history of these cars?

Wendy Knowler, Correspondent - Consumer Talk

If the consumer knew what this car has gone through, you would make an informed decision.

Wendy Knowler, Correspondent - Consumer Talk

Knowler says the consumer has a right to know the kind of damage the car has been put through. She explains how consumers can protect themselves and avoid getting into a similar situation.

Click on the link below to hear the full report...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Touching performance from Langa Mavuso

[LISTEN] Touching performance from Langa Mavuso

Artist tells Azania Mosaka on #702Unplugged that his music is always about love.

Tips on what to disclose when taking out life insurance

Tips on what to disclose when taking out life insurance

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler says many consumers have had problems when it comes to disclosing doctor visits and scans.

Why mental health is key to your success as an entrepreneur

Why mental health is key to your success as an entrepreneur

Experts share advice on how to cope with the stress of owning a business.

[LISTEN] The difference between polishing and waxing your car

[LISTEN] The difference between polishing and waxing your car

Exklusiv Autohaus owner Jignesh (Jiggy) Thakor shares his insights.

Why physical education in schools is as important as a child's academic work

Why physical education in schools is as important as a child's academic work

Azania spoke to Embury Institute for Higher Education physical education specialist lecturer Michael Mthethwa to discuss this.

[LISTEN] Fake news doing the rounds on social media

[LISTEN] Fake news doing the rounds on social media

Africa Check senior researcher Kate Wilkinson takes a look at three stories including a claim made about Thuli Madonsela.

Popular articles
It just became legal for anyone to deal in dagga-derived CBD

It just became legal for anyone to deal in dagga-derived CBD

Cannabidiol now falls entirely outside of drug regulations. Africa Melane interviews Andre du Plessis (Cannabis Working Group).

How to calculate how much money you need to never have to work again

How to calculate how much money you need to never have to work again

How much is enough? Is there a simple calculation? Warren Ingram, a personal financial advisor at Galileo Capital, explains.

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

You only live once — personal finance guru Warren Ingram on divvying up your income if you're not the budgeting type.

You can now apply to generate electricity and feed it into the grid

You can now apply to generate electricity and feed it into the grid

The change comes after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe told the National Energy Regulator of SA to license applications to do so.

[WATCH] Twin toddlers climbing a fridge has Twitter in stitches!

[WATCH] Twin toddlers climbing a fridge has Twitter in stitches!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

Lumkile Mondi (Wits), Ferial Haffajee and Busisiwe Mavuso (Business Leadership SA) on the President's upcoming "slim" Cabinet.

[Exposed] Car dealerships, banks in cahoots; you’re not always getting best deal

[Exposed] Car dealerships, banks in cahoots; you’re not always getting best deal

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler uncovered evidence of banks sending dealer principles on holidays abroad for hitting targets.