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Have you checked your vehicles VIN number?

Nov 17, 2014

In a recent Radio Talk show, it was discovered that some individuals have been ordering vehicles direct from manufacturers, instead of ordering them through a recognized dealership in Australia.

For example, Toyota has seen a lot of their Camry’s imported directly from Indonesia, and according to these findings, this was saving importers in the vicinity of $10,000 off the total purchase price.

However without realizing, dealerships are refusing to service / repair these vehicles as the parts and accessories differentiate to those vehicles supplied and ordered by the dealers in Australia.

Importing a vehicle means there is no warranty period, and dealers are not obligated to service them. In the event of an insurance claim, they can refuse to provide spare parts, therefore leaving the onus on the purchaser. You would then need to source your parts from an overseas supplier or use non-genuine parts, which comes at a cost, including time.

Dealers can identify vehicles by the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). The VIN reflects the make, model, year and place of manufacture and vehicle details in order to assist with the service and repair.

It is important when buying a “Used Car” to check the VIN and have a full RACQ check to ensure you don’t run into these problems. Make sure the vehicle has a log book containing a full service history, as some imported vehicles may not meet the Australian Design Rules and Standards.

Don’t risk it!


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