Sale of used cars with numerous flaws

(Final report of 2014)

(Prague, March 30, 2015) Inspection action focused on offer and sale of used motor vehicles should check how sellers provide information about vehicles’ characteristics, especially mileage, and how they inform consumers about contractual conditions, including the possibility to pay through consumer credit. Interim results already showed serious violations concerning offer and sale of used motor vehicles, especially sellers’ conducts in contradiction with requirements for professional care because they provided untrue data, e.g. about vehicle’s condition, number of previous owners and real mileage. Some sellers also breached information obligations concerning offer of financing of purchase through a consumer credit. “Inspectors’ findings proven in 19 cases by expert opinions on inspected vehicles are very serious. Let me stress that consumers can experience such practices indeed and if they don’t require complete information about an offered used vehicle in advance or don’t check their truthfulness by all available means, they could buy a more used car than they expected based on data provided by the particular seller. This is very much likely to happen especially concerning vehicles imported from abroad when vendors try to avoid liability for defects within consignment sale. At present, the CTIA carries out administrative proceedings with sellers of used cars. The proceedings have not ended, yet. Anyway, CTIA will continue its inspection activities in 2015,” said Mojmír Bezecný, the Director General of the CTIA.

The Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek who followed the project closely also commented on results of the inspection action: “Results of the inspection action have clearly shown that vendors still frequently cheat in the area of trade with vehicles. Therefore I put stress on the topic last year and started my efforts to make intentional modification of speedometer a crime as it is in Germany or the United States. It shall not possible that our country becomes a scrapyard of Europe and that fraudsters endanger our citizens by sale of dangerous cars.”

 

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