Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

DIY Wreck Checks

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

DIY Wreck Checks

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

There are claimed to be as many as 30,000 cars on UK roads that are made up of two halves of wrecks welded together.

Known as cut 'n' shut cars, they comprise the undamaged front and rear halves of two similar vehicles that have been written off in severe accidents.

The cars are cut in half and shut together with a welding rim around their middle and then sold to unsuspecting buyers.

David Lundholm, managing director of vehicle information provider HPI, says: "The appearance of cut 'n' shuts can be dangerously deceptive. These cars may look immaculate but they are structurally unsafe. Tests by the RAC have shown that even in a 30mph collision the driver and passengers would be lucky to survive."

Whilst there may be tell-tale signs to the experienced eye, the cosmetic work carried out will often mask the true extent of any repair work.

HPI's tips to avoid buying a cut 'n' shut car are:

* Never view a car in the rain, poor light or at night time as it is much harder to spot any flaws. …

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