Company sells a stolen car

2010-04-10 08:42

A TSHWANE car owner who was duped into buying a suspected ­stolen

vehicle could lose at least an additional R50?000 as McCarthy Volkswagen now

wants him to buy a new vehicle.

Vusumzi Maduna’s troubles started a few months after he traded in

his 2009 Opel Corsa 1.4 for a 2009 VW GTI 2.0 FSI in September.

A police roadblock uncovered that the car’s engine number had been

tampered with. He was able to show the police the purchase ­contract with

McCarthy, and they ­released the car to him and asked him to sort the matter out

with the ­dealership.

On contacting the dealership, he was advised not to use the car

­until the matter was resolved. But the process is proving to be long and

frustrating.

“I have already made repayments towards the instalments but I am

stuck with a car I cannot use.

“I am constantly being harassed by the police and the dealership is

refusing to take their car back,” said Maduna.

He later lodged a complaint with Wesbank, the financers of the

transaction. Wesbank promised to ­intervene but the dealership has so far not

cooperated.

“As a paying customer, I deserve to be treated with respect.

“Both entities have failed me in this regard and I look forward to

Hotline’s assistance,” he said.

Maduna said the parties met to ­address the ­issue and a

representative from Wesbank instructed the dealership to replace the car but

that has not happened.

This is after the dealership said Maduna needed to pay another

­deposit on the new car.

“I cannot be raising a deposit ­every time they make an exchange,”

said Maduna, adding that he had paid a R30?000 deposit for the deal that had

gone sour.

“It is not my fault that the dealership sold me a car that had been

­stolen. They are now clearly ­shifting the blame.

“Somebody needs to take responsibility for this mess. That person

can’t be me,” said Maduna.

Hotline referred the complaint to Hennie Potgieter, a general

manager at McCarthy Volkswagen.

Potgieter promised to investigate the matter but at the time of

going to press he had not responded to Hotline’s enquiry.

Loura Brown, a customer ­manager at Wesbank, had also failed to

provide Hotline with ­feedback at the time of going to press.


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