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    Unhappy Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    My lass bought a Clio Extreme, early October of this year. The Garage we got it off said they'd send off the V5 and paid to tax it so we could get home. A few days ago she got a letter saying that the car cant be driven until it has had a VIC check. Surely this should have been mentioned when we bought the car. Now she's got to fork out a shed load of money to get it to the check, pay for it and plus the repairs that we know will need doing (just look at earlier threads and you'll know what I mean!)
    Anyone got any idea as to what can be done? Should the car have been sold as spares, scrap or repairs (considering as far as the DVLA know the cars still sat in a scrap yard), should it have been sold at all, should be have been told.
    HEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Vic checks take an age to sort out.

    You need to back the car.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    did you not HPI it??

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    vic checks are not expensive circa 50 iirc, they are not in place to check the condition/repairs of the car they only do vic checks to make sure the identity of the car is right and the engine codes and vin numbers etc all corrospond to that vehicle reg. and it hasn't been ringered (ie just putting the plates on another clio of the same spec ,colour etc)

    without the vic certificate you can not get a v5 for the car also if you aren't the registered keeper via v5 you cannot get road tax either can also cause problems aquiring insurance

    iirc the garage in question does not have to tell you about cat-c and cat-d's. it is down to the consumer (you)to also run an hpi check.

    unless there is obvious substantial damage they shall not condem the car.if there is substantial damage that can be clearly seen..........why did you buy the car??

    awaiting daniel to comment he is more knowledgable on this as he is a dealer
    Last edited by MartinR; 06-01-2012 at 14:22.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    How did they tax it? Genuine question - not knowing the detailed in's and out's of Cat C/D

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    A legal trader cant sell a car like that!

    Phone trading standards

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by The raiderman View Post
    A legal trader cant sell a car like that!

    Phone trading standards
    This.

    Although perhaps its god's punishment for not hpi'ing it yourself?

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Something very fishy here, i'd be wondering if you've bought a stolen car more than anything here.

    They can sell a car thats already had the VIC done but they shouldn't have in this state.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bmh.01 View Post
    Something very fishy here, i'd be wondering if you've bought a stolen car more than anything here.

    They can sell a car thats already had the VIC done but they shouldn't have in this state.
    This, have you checked the vin etc?

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    id take the car back.

    i currently own a mk4 golf gti which i bought cat c which needed the repair. the repair was bumper, light and bonnet! 47 quid i think it cost me to have the check. all they check that its not a cut and shut and that all chassis numbers are correct and have not been tampered with. they wont be looking at the repair work. if the car looks unroadworthy, they'll just send you away.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    A garage cant sell you a car being CAT C or D without making you aware of it.

    Take it back or put it through trading standards.

    The test in only about 50 but by the sounds of it you didnt pay for a damage / repaired car so i'd be taking it back.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bennno2005 View Post
    A garage cant sell you a car being CAT C or D without making you aware of it.
    Yes, they can. Don't ask/don't tell principle.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bmh.01 View Post
    Yes, they can. Don't ask/don't tell principle.
    Not legally. A trader has to make you aware. They are allowed to sell them but must let you know first.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bennno2005 View Post
    Not legally. A trader has to make you aware. They are allowed to sell them but must let you know first.
    Incorrect.

    If the buyer asks the seller, Legally the seller has to be honest.

    If the buyer doesn't ask, then tough s**t.

    I agree with everything in post 4.

    I'm not sure what else I can hep with tbh.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bennno2005 View Post
    Not legally. A trader has to make you aware. They are allowed to sell them but must let you know first.
    The trader would probably just say there weren't aware either.

    A VIC check can be very straightforward, just find your local centre that checks, call up and get an appointment. Depending on how busy they are you can sometimes get it done within the week. As someone said earlier, all they check is that the car is legit and all the chassis numbers match up. A lot of the clio II we see that are cat see are very light damage

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Just take the s**t back to the garage. Is this the one with the idle problem?

    If it is, just take it back and get your money back.

    Can't believe you've let it go on for this long tbh.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    Incorrect.

    If the buyer asks the seller, Legally the seller has to be honest.

    If the buyer doesn't ask, then tough s**t.

    I agree with everything in post 4.

    I'm not sure what else I can hep with tbh.
    Laws changed last year. Trade sellers have to disclose it. There was rumours about a law whereby if its CAT C/D you have to put it in the advert but I'm unsure about this one.

    Read this if you can be arsed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/watchdog/2010/10/small_car_company.html


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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bennno2005 View Post
    Laws changed last year. Trade sellers have to disclose it. There was rumours about a law whereby if its CAT C/D you have to put it in the advert but I'm unsure about this one.

    Read this if you can be arsed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/watchdog/2010/10/small_car_company.html


    Sorry, not being rude, but where does it state that the laws have changed?

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Its doesn't in that. That's what I got told that by the dealership we bought the GF's car from.

    That article just states that its illegal for a trader to sell an accident damaged car without informing the buyer.

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    Re: Cat C write off - VIC Check? Help!

    Thats not how I understand it. Nor does my trading standards area guy.

    The people in that article were buying smashed cars, repairing them and then selling them. Thats an entirely different game to just taking on in part exchange thats already on the register.

 

 
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