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|Posted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:38 am Post subject: Repairable Write-offs cannot be re-registered in NSW
|On the topic of stolen cars and the lengths that some people will go.................the NSW Government introduced legislation in August this year to ban the re-registration of all ‘repairable
written-off’ vehicles to clamp down on car rebirthing, Minister for Transport and Roads.
Write-offs will no longer be able to be sold at auctions, where the vehicles can then be re-birthed and on-sold to unsuspecting
In annoucning the legislation change the Government Minister Mr Campbell said "There is a black market for purchasing written-off vehicles at auctions, then using stolen parts to rebirth and register the car, to be sold for a tidy profit. This isn’t being done by licensed repairers - in most instances it’s not financially viable for genuine repairers to repair these cars using legitimate parts.
“In many cases, it’s being done by unscrupulous operators in backyards and workshops using stolen parts, who then sell the vehicles to unwary motorists.
“Some consumers are being taken for a ride - motorists might be driving around in what’s effectively a stolen vehicle.
“More importantly, many of these vehicles have had dodgy repairs which can mask major structural damage. It’s extremely unsafe.
“Car re-birthing is a significant problem which has been known to have links to organised crime syndicates.
It’s estimated that as many as six out of ten of the 20,537 repairable written-off vehicles presented for re-registration in 2009 posed serious questions about the origin of the parts
used to repair them. Around 19,000 vehicles were stolen in NSW in the 2008-09 financial year – of these, around 5,700 have not been recovered.
The new legislation means any car which is written off will not be able to be reregistered even if it can be repaired.
The NSW Government made the decision to ban repairable write-offs after a discussion paper was released for consultation last year.
“What we found was that consumers – as well as legitimate car dealers and repairers – wanted better protections in place,” Mr Campbell said.
“NSW is the first state to introduce this ban on repairable write-offs, and we would encourage other states to follow our lead and implement similar laws.
“There will be very limited exemptions to the new laws – for some vehicles written off because of hail damage, and for some classic antique cars. “We will also strengthen written-off vehicle notification requirements – for example, vehicles
currently being sent to a scrap yard for crushing are not required to be registered on the Written-off Vehicle Register (WOVR) and this presents an additional opportunity for