New book questions fees attached to buying a car

2018-07-05 06:01
The cover of ‘Eff You Very Much’ by John Titmus and Crystal Slabbert.  Photo:SUPPLIED

The cover of ‘Eff You Very Much’ by John Titmus and Crystal Slabbert. Photo:SUPPLIED

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A NEW book, called Eff You Very Much, is expected to elicit a roaring response from readers who have fallen victim to the allegedly shady activities of motor and finance industries.

According to John Titmus from Jeffreys Bay, who co-wrote the book with Crystal Slabbert, it delves deeper into the motor and finance industries, specifically regarding illegal activities, such as on-the-road fees, agents fees and dealership incentive commission, which is allegedly commission paid to dealerships by banks and which is added to the purchase price.

“According to the National Credit Act, these fees are not allowed to be charged or financed.

“Only registration, licence, number plates and fuel fees are legal,” he said.

There are other illegal activities as well, like selling a 2012 car as a 2013 car, the use of unapproved bodyshops and making a profit on third-party installations, such as smash-and-grab and VPS, all of which is illegal.”

Titmus and Slabbert were inspired to write the book after he bought what he thought was a 2012 car, but was actually a 2011 car. As a result, they lost the warranty and maintenance for six months.

“I realised that this has been going on for years.

“We were on a trip to KwaZulu-Natal and it so happened that we were listening to the local radio station and a journalist was reporting on these activities. This encouraged us to write the book.”

It took him and Slabbert about seven months to get from just an idea to the printing stage for Eff You Very Much.

Asked what he thinks the public’s reaction will be to the book, Titmus said, “Shock; surprise. The numbers in the book are scary.

“They (readers) have an opportunity to possibly get some of their money back. We give “tips” at the end of the book as well, telling them what to look out for and questions to ask when purchasing a vehicle.”

He said they wrote the book because people needed to know where their hard-earned money was going. “We have physical proof of what they may charge for, according to the act. Only registration, licence, number plates and fuel may be charged.”

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