3 Shady Practices To Watch Out For When Buying A Pre-Owned Car
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I avoid buying a sham car?
When buying a vehicle from a private seller or from an unscrupulous dealer even the most experienced car buyer can be caught off guard. Some shady practices reported recently by ABC News include:
- Changing the odometer;
- Altering parts to make the car look higher spec than what it really is; and
- Claiming that a car has features such as airbags even though they are not working and not connected properly.
“It is very difficult to pick these cars up, so really what we would be saying is if you can work through dealerships, that’s obviously a good protection because if this was a private sale you would have absolutely no cover at all.” - Stephen Moir, spokesperson, Motor Traders Assocation.
Here at Adrian Brien Automotive we have a number of policies in place to ensure that we only buy the best quality used cars, these policies include -
Only buying cars that:
- Have less than 160,000 kms on the odometer;
- Have a good history and service books;
- Are structural sound and have not been written-off due to an accident.
And only selling cars that have passed our 65 point inspection process.
We buy 80-90 cars per month and the reality is that 10% do fail the Adrian Brien Certification Program but “it’s the cars that we reject that make us better”.
In addition to our strict buying policies and 65 point inspection process each of our pre-owned vehicles also comes with a 90 day warranty.
And the fact that we are part of a public listed company AP Eagers Ltd - one of Australia’s largest and most trusted automotive groups means that we are always held accountable to the highest standards of conduct.