Had an RAA Check Done on a 2014 Navara That Turned out to Be a Repaired Write Off
Last edited 07/12/2018 - 11:11 by 1 other user
This is a bit of a rant but also a warning to anyone buying a second hand car.
I recently took a low kilometer 2014 Navara for a test drive through a private sale and it drove really well, the guy selling it seemed very genuine and I was pretty much ready to hand my money over.
I told him that I would be getting it checked out through RAA and that I had an experience in the past, where I was trying to buy an old camper van interstate and the person told me the van was in tip top condition. Long story short the RAA came back and basically said that if I took it camping it probably wouldn't make it back.
So I asked him expressly, "is there anything negative that the RAA are going to tell me that you know about? because I really don't want to waste another $300". He told me that it wouldn't be an issue and it will check out fine.
The car seemed in such good condition that I was tossing up whether to get the inspection done or not but in the end decided to go through with it. When the RAA mechanic called me on the day of the inspection, the first thing he told me was that it had been written off in Victoria and repaired then re registered in South Australia. He then went on to tell me that there were multiple defects. So I feel like I have dodged a bullet but at the same time am a bit annoyed that I am out of pocket $300. Still better than if I had bought the car though.
So the guy has messaged me today asking if I am still interested and I told him that it had been written off in Victoria and there were a few defects so I was not interested. At this point I thought that maybe he didn't know that it was previously written off so I felt a bit sorry for him. Then he wrote me a long message about how it doesn't matter if it was written off because it is all good now and it can be registered anywhere in Australia (Which is false) and that he had already looked into all of that, he also asked for a list of the defects.
This really made me angry because I asked him if they were going to find anything and he lied to me. If he had told me about it being a repaired write off, there is no way I would have paid for a report.
I told him this in a message and didn't send him the list of defects. If he asks again I'm planning on telling him that he can give my my $300 back and then I will send him the report.
Yes so that's the end of my rant.
So if you're looking to buy a second hand car, make sure you get it checked out, even if it does seem in fantastic condition.
It annoys me that he is probably going to end up selling it for way more than it is worth to someone who takes his word and doesn't get it checked out.
Was about to buy a second hand car,
Car seemed in great condition but I told the owner I wanted to get an RAA check
Told him they cost $300, so before I get a check, is there anything he knows about that will come back negative on the report,
Owner told me that an RAA check will come back fine,
Ended up being a repaired write off and having a few defects
Owner seemed to know that it was previously written off and now wants me to send him a list of the defects.