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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Motorists to bear cost of testing vehicles

The Star, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Below: Khoo
khoo2-(1).jpg PETALING JAYA: Car owners, not car dealers, will bear the costs of Puspakom’s Transfer of Ownership (B5) and Hire-Purchase (B7) inspections, the Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Associations of Malaysia (FMCCAM) said.

Secretary-general Khoo Kah Jin said motorists wanting to sell theirvehicles to used car dealers have to pay for the B5 and B7 inspections first.

“We will evaluate the car according to Puspakom’s inspection results,” he told The Star yesterday.


  However, he said the federation remained totally against the B7 inspection costing RM60 which is to be enforced from today, deeming it “an unnecessary cost.”

“The four-point B5 inspection is sufficient to test a vehicle’s roadworthiness. Sellers can always go to a trusted mechanic for additional free professional advice,” he said.

On Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement last week that used motorcycles would be exempted from the B7 test due to the small number involved, Khoo questioned why this was the case if safety was the main issue.

Meanwhile, FMCCAM and Gerakan Youth will submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Department and the ministry today requesting to delay the implementation of the B7 inspection.

According to the amended Hire-Purchase Act, motorists wanting to sell their vehicles need to send the cars for a comprehensive 18-point inspection by Puspakom before entering into a hire-purchase agreement.

The inspection will include computerised testing for smoke emission, brakes, side-slip and suspension.
 

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