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Nearly 40,000 written-off ‘zombie cars’ imported from the UK to Ireland

RTE’s Prime Time recently reported on a study by MotorCheck regarding the number of written-off vehicles imported to Ireland from the UK being sold as second-hand vehicles. MotorCheck, a car history checking service, found that 39,336 affected vehicles had been imported into Ireland from the UK.

 

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The study by MotorCheck, a car history checking service, focused on vehicles imported to Ireland from the UK and found that 39,336 of these imports were written off and sold as salvage vehicles. And according to the research, some of these heavily damaged and depreciated cars don’t appear in UK insurers’ records databases. However, examining these vehicles with MotorCheck reveals the nature of their past.

According to RTE’s Prime Time report, which was aired on Tuesday 19th April, tens of thousands of cars sold in Ireland since 2014 have been written off in the UK, and since the shortage of supply and BREXIT issues it has meant that the demand for, and the price of secondhand cars have never been higher.

An article in the Independent.ie, describes these write-offs as ‘zombie’ cars, as such because they are brought back to life but not correctly identified as insurance write-offs or ex-salvage. At today’s cost, the total market value of those affected is over €318 million. It also said that examples of zombie cars were found currently for sale privately and on dealers’ forecourts with ‘all clear’ histories.

MotorCheck co-founder Shane Teskey said:

“As of today, we know that almost 40,000 zombie cars have been imported into the Republic of Ireland – those brought back to life but not necessarily identified as insurance write-offs or ex-salvage.

This equates to €318m, leaving traders or their owners to foot the bill when the car’s true history is discovered. With used car prices rising in Ireland as much as 50pc, it’s more important than ever that car dealers and private buyers are made aware of a vehicle’s hidden history before they pay well over the fair market value for a potentially dangerous ex-write off.”

Sources www.motorcheck.ie.  www.independent.ie

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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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