BEWARE OF SMELLY CHEAP USED CARS - LTFRB
MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2009 (STAR) By Perseus Echeminada - The public was advised yesterday to be wary of cheap secondhand cars with a foul odor, as this may be a sign that the vehicle had been submerged during the floods and was no longer roadworthy.
Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Alberto Suansing told The STAR in an interview that cars soaked in floodwaters have a strong odor.
“The smell is strong and will last for a long time; it cannot be remove by just washing,” he said.
Suansing issued the statement after receiving reports that flood-damaged cars were being sold at cheap prices.
He said some new cars in Marikina were being sold for only P100,000 or less and passed off as secondhand vehicles.
Suansing said some flood-damaged vehicles were not properly repaired and it is possible that some parts will malfunction and could even cause road accidents.
“The rule is not to start the vehicle and bring it to an accredited auto shop for proper cleaning and repair,” he said.
He said the estimated cost of cleanup and repair may range from P30,000 to P40,000, depending on the car model.
Restoration of brand-new cars with computer boxes usually costs more.
Aside from cleaning, the gasoline and oil must be removed and the car’s electrical wiring and computer box must be checked.
Suansing said the public must be wary of public utility vehicles with franchises offered for sale at a very low price.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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