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Don’t Get Burnt Buying A Hot Car

Don’t Get Burnt Buying A Hot Car

A vehicle is the second most expensive investment most people make. In recognition, Baycorp Advantage is launching a promotional campaign for its vehicle background checking services ‘MotoChek’ and ‘AutoCheckPlus’, to assist motorists, car buyers, and retailers prevent the purchase of a stolen or liability ridden motor vehicle.

As you read this, another car will be stolen from somewhere within New Zealand. In fact, a vehicle is stolen every fifteen minutes -- a total of almost 100 cars per day* disappear from public parking lots, apartment carports, and residential driveways.

Private non-dealer sales of vehicles are not effectively covered by consumer rights laws. ‘Motochek’ and ‘AuocheckPlus’ allow motor vehicle consumers and industry participants certainty that what they are investing in is actually what they are being provided with.

“We are confident that ‘MotoChek’ and ‘AutoCheckPlus’ will put the power back into the hands of the consumer and assure them that their major vehicle investment is sound, by providing market valuation, registration details, any outstanding debt owed and clear previous owner history of the purchase,” said John Roberts, NZ Country Director for Baycorp Advantage.

“For peace of mind, it's imperative to do a little investigative work before you buy, trade or arrange finance for a second-hand automobile. There’s no need to waste time with a number of sources when you can get all the information you want from AutoCheckPlus,“ Roberts added.

The Baycorp Advantage vehicle consumer awareness campaign is targeted at consumer, trader and specialised vehicle media from May through July 2006. It is for consumers considering buying a vehicle through private sale and also for vehicle retailers, insurers and finance providers to verify that a vehicle is everything it is promised to be.

The Ministry of Consumers Affairs has a campaign focusing on encouraging consumers buying a used car from a car yard, car market, car fair or auction to look for and read the Supplier Information Notice (SIN) or window card.

The Crime Prevention Unit (CPU), in conjunction with New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Transport, has developed a new Vehicle Crime Reduction Programme (VCRP). The programme is designed to reduce opportunistic and professional vehicle crime. Making parking facilities safer and improving collection of vehicle theft data.


Currently available to all consumers and businesses through the subscriber site and My Credit File site (go to Offers current or historical registration and ownership details which can be delivered by phone, fax or on-line.

This service costs $8.40


Currently available to subscribers only via the subscriber site ( or operator assisted services (0900 number).

AutoCheckPlus provides a full report including registration details, ownership history, the physical address of the vehicle owner, securities listed against the vehicle and valuation based on make and model of vehicle. The report can be delivered by phone, fax or on-line.

This service costs $10.29 &

MotoChek and AutoCheckPlus are easy to use, cost-effective consumer friendly services that eliminate the risk of motor vehicle fraud at the private sale end of the market,” Roberts said.


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