Motor insurance customers' checks

Wednesday, 06 October 2010

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A leading vehicle information body has urged motor insurance customers to ensure that they carry out background checks when buying second-hand cars to avoid being presented with an unsatisfactory or unsafe vehicle.

Leading vehicle information expert HPI is warning people to be careful not to get drawn in by the potentially large number of Category B insurance write-offs, which are not fit for road use but are being promoted as safe investments by criminal sellers.

Also, the body claims that the amount of vehicles recommended for repair by the Association of British Insurers is on the rise, but motor insurance customers who do not take great care with background checks could risk driving away with a potential death trap.

All vehicles that are written off are put in to one of five categories, depending on vehicle condition, including cars that can be repaired and returned to the road and others that are recommended to be totally scrapped.

Consumer services manager for the HPI Nicola Johnson said: "Unscrupulous sellers are using a variety of ways of conning used car buyers."
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