Dodgy dodgem deal­ings

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Be­fore I re­tired in 2011, I worked for ten years as a car sales­man, seven of which were at a Vaux­hall main dealer.

When the first scrap­page scheme was brought out we were all un­der the im­pres­sion that we would be see­ing plenty of old bangers as part ex­changes, and we did see a lot of cars that shouldn’t re­ally have been on the road.

One chap had acted quickly, go­ing out and buy­ing half a dozen proper wrecks that had no value but were MoT’d for longer than six months. Th­ese were then reg­is­tered by dif­fer­ent fam­ily mem­bers and as the re­quired six months own­er­ship pe­riod ar­rived he turned up with each one to or­gan­ise the deal for them. The pa­per­work was im­pec­ca­ble and each of his rel­a­tives turned a £75 scrap car into £2k. This was neatly done but wasn’t re­ally in the spirit of the scheme, as the whole plan was to take old pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles off the road and th­ese ve­hi­cles were not re­ally on the road, they were scrap cars with MoTs.

On the flip­side there were some very nice one owner cars that prob­a­bly had a £1k value at the time which were

also traded in. I dis­tinctly re­mem­ber an early Volk­swa­gen Golf that was ab­so­lutely mint, but that went for scrap, too. It is at this point that Vaux­hall needs to take ad­di­tional mea­sures to stop th­ese good cars from be­ing wrecked be­fore they go off to Au­to­green.

The young sales­men at my branch had no sense of re­spect or value for th­ese im­mac­u­late cars and took great plea­sure in play­ing dodgems with them in the part ex­change park­ing area, dam­ag­ing good panels, smash­ing lights and win­dows.

There was a lack of con­trol from the man­agers who had no re­spect for the value of the body parts ei­ther. Clas­sic car body panels are also worth sav­ing!

Martin James Wild, Tod­mor­den, West York­shire

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