This week on the Car Dealer Forum

Time 10:15 am, December 6, 2013

worling-at-laptop1THIS week on the Car Dealer Forum, DPF removals on diesel vehicles will lead to MoT failures in February 2014 and dealers also ask: Should auctions be made to give private buyers a warranty?

DPF removal will cause MoT failures from February 2014

Jamie Edmonds from HPI quoted Road Minister Robert Goodwil:

‘I am very concerned that vehicles are being modified in a way that is clearly detrimental to people’s health and undoes the hard work car manufacturers have taken to improve emissions standards. It has become apparent the government had to intervene to clarify the position on particulate filter removal given the unacceptable negative impact on air quality. This change to the MOT tests makes it clear – if you have this filter removed from your car it will fail the test.’

Edmonds asked: ‘What are people’s views on this? I know a lot of old cars, especially French ones, have had their filters removed and, for want of a better word, other bits bodged to make sure the car still works. Clearly it will be prohibitive to put these filters back in so a lot of stuff will effectively become scrap. Look out for diesel part-exchanges coming in over the next couple of months as people try to get rid before that tired old 407 is due its next MoT.’

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Should auctions be made to give private buyers a warranty?

Barrie Crampton asked: ‘A garage cant sell a car to a private buyer without giving a warranty, but private buyers can stand next to a trader at an auction and drive the prices up. My question is, if a private can buy a car at an auction without a warranty, why cant the trade sell cars without a warranty?

At least at a garage they can have a test drive and examine the car properly – they can’t do that at auction. As it would seem the auctions are encouraging private buyers to attend their sales, I suggest they should be made to give warranties too.

This is a guess at best, but I am sure that BCA and We Buy Any Car will now be one of the largest retailers of used cars in the UK (allegedly). If the car is bought by We Buy Any Car BCA is the buyer and the retailer, but if a private customer buys a car then surely he should be given a warranty?

I know one thing for certain, if Auctions had to give a Warranty on the cars they sell to Joe Public, there would be barbed wire and a moat round them to keep the private buyers out. Does anyone agree or disagree?’

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