Every second used car is a scam. Experts sound the alarm

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A used car is a commodity worth its weight in gold these days. Prices soared and at the same time there was an outpouring of dishonest sellers. The latest report of the OtomoKLIK platform owned by Carsmile can be a confirmation of the poor situation faced by potential buyers.

From July 2021, you can buy there used carwho passed technical examinationmade in accordance with DEKRA and ISO 9001: 2015 standards. The car is positively verified digital vehicle passportand with it a detailed description of its technical condition is created. 120 elements are inspected, including: paint coating, tires, external elements (mirrors, windows, etc.), lighting, engine, chassis and steering system, vehicle interior, electronics and equipment. Are carried out too diagnostic tests.

Now the OtomotoKLIK platform has revealed the results of the expertise of the first pool of vehicles, tested in the third quarter of 2021, i.e. right after the launch of the platform. The results are shocking. As much as 43 percent. the cars were in such a bad technical or legal condition that they did not receive a passport, i.e. they were not allowed for sale. In the case of as much as 15 percent. of them, the insurer stated the total loss. Nevertheless, they were to go to new owners.

– This percentage means that almost every second car that was to be sold did not allow safe driving at all, or the estimated cost of removing faults important from the point of view of safety and driving comfort was very high – said Arkadiusz Zaremba, Managing Director at Carsmile and head of the OtomotoKLIK platform. – A vehicle’s digital passport can only be issued to a car whose technical condition enables safe driving or when the cost of removing the detected defects and faults, which are important from the point of view of safety and driving comfort, is small in relation to the price of the car – he added.

To illustrate this, if an ABS system malfunction is detected during an inspection, the car will not receive a passport. If a failure of the navigation system is detected, then the cost of its removal will be included in the total cost of repairs important from the point of view of driving comfort. If minor scratches are detected on the car body, the cost of their removal will not affect the issuance of the passport.

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The most common cause of disqualification, accounting for 34 percent. negative results of the inspections turned out to be “significant mechanical damage”, including mainly the violation of the structure of the vehicle, and less frequently – flooding or burning of the car.

In the next place, with a 22% share in rejected passport applications, was “the excess number of sheet metal repairs”.

– Testing the thickness of the paint coating in various parts of the body allows us to state with high probability that, for example, the car rolled over despite the fact that such a damage was not reported to the insurer. The excessive number of body repairs also suggests that the car most likely has had a lot of mechanical repairs as well, as they usually go hand in hand with serious damage to the car body, and sellers are reluctant to share this knowledge with buyers, explained Zaremba.

The following items on the list of defects that made it impossible to issue a passport were: excessive wear of the interior (e.g. damaged upholstery), questionable legal condition of the vehicle and significant corrosion.

– Corrosion was found mainly in cars from flood areas, incl. imported from Germany after the July flood, but also in cars used in mountainous areas, where the chassis often comes into contact with snow – emphasized Zaremba. On the other hand, the mileage inconsistent with the facts turned out to be a rare disadvantage (2.5% of rejected applications for a Digital Vehicle Passport).

The cars they received Vehicle Digital Passport accounted for 57 percent. tested pool. As a result of the inspection and summing up the points obtained in each tested category, they received an individual grade on a 9-point scale ranging from A + to C-. This assessment reflected the significance of the defects found in terms of driving safety and repair costs. After the inspection, each car with the passport was photographed using the 360-degree method, thanks to which the seller could get a higher price for his vehicle, and the user interested in purchasing the car could inspect it very carefully. It made it possible to avoid unnecessary driving to see the car of interest to the buyer in real time. According to the Carsmile survey, as many as 74 percent. of buyers travel more than 100 km to inspect the car before buying it.

From the latest data of the Polish Automotive Industry Association, the average age of a passenger car in Poland exceeds 14 yearsand one fifth of the cars are vehicles over 20 years old. Samar calculates that in 2021 almost 940,000 were brought to the Vistula River. passenger cars, by almost 11 percent. more than a year earlier. The average age of cars imported last year was 12 years and 6 months.


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