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  Reply # 1558653 24-May-2016 13:50
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While there will always be cases of dodgy types conning the system, and there are certainly flaws in the system, in this case I feel it was lack of buyer education. The information was out there that this vehicle had been imported from Australia, and had sustained water/flood damage. It's just that I suspect few buyers do checks to this level, or even know that they can. I think this information should be included in all 'common' vehicle history checks - e.g. carjam, motorweb etc (or maybe it is in their paid checks?). I think the second issue in this case was, despite a MVDT ruling in her favour, she's not received the money form the dealer - there should be stronger legal enforcement of this type of ruling.

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  Reply # 1558806 24-May-2016 16:35
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When someone wins a case in court like this and a company doesn't pay out it should be made debt collectable with costs and other legal enforcement that comes with debts against limited liability companies.

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  Reply # 1558991 24-May-2016 22:18
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joker97: I'm more worried about dodgy construction material for buildings




And the dodgy people putting them together and the dodgy people certifying their compliance...!

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  Reply # 1559106 25-May-2016 07:45
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I would say the simplest answer is to instruct Customs to refuse clearance to any such vehicles at the border, returning them to Australia.



Aussie De-Reg rules are overly restrictive (as are a lot of things over there - think of them as the poor cousin to UK on "nanny statism"). Anyway, a car with hail damage is absolutely fine for import and repair. A ute that has been wet (fresh water) to the bottom of the rear bumper = fine in my books. They key is that the buyer is fully informed and makes a decision based on that.


The De-Reg (in most cases) stems from the Ins Coy having a claim made against them. The loss on their books will be attributed to an event (Cyclone Winnebago = Storm/Weather Event) and they can do their reporting. Happy days... However, until the vehicle is inspected separate to that process, details of the loss won't be clear;


- Hail Damage


- Fresh water flooded


- Salt water flooded


- Tree fell on the vehicle causing major structural damage


- Lightening struck the ute tray causing arcing (I'm being silly now...)


Each of these has a different repair process to make it safe and a differing acceptance level from the public around whether they would want it afterwards. 

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