How the internet is changing the car-buying process

Not a day goes past without a news story relating to the current state of the car market. Whether it’s the potential effects of Brexit, or the end of the road for the Volkswagen Beetle, car buying is something which most of us have experienced at some time or other in our lives.

The internet can be a great place to pick up car parts for the cheapest price and can be especially useful if searching for a unique spare part from a discontinued model, for example. However, the quality of some of these parts is a cause for concern both for road users and those working in the motor trade insurance sector.

MOT

In May of this year, it was announced that classic cars which are more than 40 years old will no longer require an MOT. This means any cars registered prior to May 20th, 1978 will no longer require the safety certificate. Another thing worth noting is that this is a rolling date, so next year cars first registered in 1979 won’t need a MOT, and so on. While this may be good news for classic car collectors, it means that these cars and their engines can go unchecked for several years.

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Motor trade insurance companies are also having to take these issues into account when calculating the cost of their clients’ policies. Companies such as motor trade insurance are committed to giving their customers the best deal and the right protection for their needs.

Recent news coverage of Volkswagen’s decision to stop production of the much-loved Beetle car demonstrates the huge impact the car industry has https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/13/volkswagen-to-stop-making-its-iconic-beetle-in-2019.

Safety

Making car owners responsible for the safe running of their cars is fine if the owner happens to be a qualified mechanic and knows what to look for, but enthusiasts who simply have a love of cars, aren’t qualified to know if their vehicle has a fault, or if it is roadworthy.

Inevitably, some car parts are faulty and especially those bought online judging by the many unhappy and disgruntled customers taking to social media to have their say. An additional problem seems to be that whereas in the past car parts were identified by specific part numbers, multiple parts are being allocated the same number, so customers are not necessarily getting what they’ve paid for.

 

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