‘Clocked, Written Off and a Lemon’

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‘Clocked, Written Off and a Lemon’

Pat CaseyMy experience as a customer of Motorcheck is one that I feel has potentially saved me a lot of money! I have been keeping an eye out for some time for a new ‘family’ car in the estate/compact MPV mould.

I spotted an apparently-good-value Jaguar X Type estate in May 2011 at a local 2nd hand car dealer. Having viewed the car it was obvious that this was an import and I wanted to make sure the mileage was genuine. I performed a Motorcheck history check and within seconds knew that the odometer had ‘lost’ tens of thousands of miles! Needless to say, I didn’t purchase….

A couple of months later I came across a Mercedes B Class on a well known classified website with an enviable spec – full leather, sat nav etc. This was for sale at a comparatively low price. Again, I ran a Motorcheck history check – and again it was money well spent! The car had been written off previously in England and also had several owners, rather than the claimed ‘one’.

Around the same time, I ran a check on another B Class for sale locally. Unlike my previous experiences, this was an Irish car. However, despite the dealer’s claims that the car was 100%, I felt that the price was a bit “too good to be true”. A Motorcheck history check revealed no immediately obvious problems, but closer inspection suggested that the car had been repeatedly listed for sale with different dealers in the previous months – possibly the sign of a troublesome ‘lemon’ so I didn’t purchase.

Within a few weeks the car was removed from the online sales listings, indicating that it had been sold. However, several weeks later, the same car re-appeared for sale with the same dealer. I guess the new purchaser wasn’t too happy with the car. Another close call!

Conversely, I have also found Motorcheck to provide peace of mind when needed. A relative was interested in buying a UK import 2009 Ford Focus from a local dealer who has a perhaps ‘suspect’ reputation. I performed a history check for them which uncovered no anomalies of any sort. They bought the car and have been delighted with it since!”

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