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QUENTIN WILLSON's MOTORING COLUMN: At Your Service.

Byline: QUENTIN WILLSON

LAST year Keith Gray, from Lancashire, bought a written-off 97P Peugeot 306 1.6 with 45,000 miles and full history for pounds 1,800. He now wants to change the car and wonders how he should describe it. He'd prefer to keep quiet about the car's past, insisting that it was expertly repaired and is superb throughout. Where does he stand?

QUENTIN SAYS: Frankly I'm surprised you're even asking the question. You really do want to have your cake and eat it. You paid a very low price for the Pug because it was damaged, and now you want to sell it for top retail money and fool buyers into thinking the car has never been damaged. Happily you can't, because anybody who checks your Peugeot with HPI should find that it's on the VCAR (Vehicle Condition Alert Register), which would tell them it's been previously damaged in an accident. But even if it's somehow slipped through the net, the law says you must describe the car honestly and accurately, which includes telling any potential purchaser it's been an insurance company write-off.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2004
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