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How do you know if your car has a previous total loss?and how do you make sure your car gets safely repaired after an accident?

By 3rd March 2017No Comments
www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05n1z1k/watchdog-test-house-series-2-episode-11

The piece is 14 mins 10 secs long – in two halves
– part 1 starts at 2 min 5 secs into the programme until 8 mins 40 secs

– part 2 starts at 21 mins 30 secs into the programme until 28 mins 5 secs

The piece featured:

– a BSi inspection being undertaken at A W Repair Group in Lincolnshire, with Sleaford site manager Steve Hoe. They passed with no non-conformities!

– Rob Hine of BSi (and inspector Richard Pearson) doing the inspection

– Andrew Miller of Thatcham, showing and commenting on the badly repaired v well repaired Vectra crash test

– A lady called Stella, who bought a second-hand car, which turned out to have many faults. Unbeknown to her it had been in a “big accident”, resulting in the car being written-off. It was subsequently repaired – badly.

– Simon Legg of Harrow and Brent Trading Standards found that the repairs had been bodged and this was just one of a number of cases at this particular second-hand car dealership. The directors were successfully prosecuted.

Stated during the programme:

“This is just one case in a countrywide problem…..week in, week out, scores of seriously damaged cars end up back on the market

“Poor repair work is a genuine concern for anyone taking a car into a repair shop – why ? Because the industry isn’t regulated.

Tim Kelly

Tim is a highly qualified Independent Engineer with over 20 years experience as an Engineering Assessor of damaged vehicles.

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