Used cars? buyers start suffering
KARACHI: Most of the used cars imported during 2005 to 2007 were either scraped or buried in the automobile graveyards located in different parts of the country.
The used car traders, who import and sell used cars are concerned only in making money through trading, they are not worried about the problems faced by customers after a successful transaction, as they do not provide any after sales service. Each car carries about 7,000 to 8,000 parts. It is virtually impossible for small traders to maintain the inventory of each and every part for the various models they import. Due to this reason, stealing of parts and cannibalisation of these imported vehicles is becoming common.
These stolen parts are then sold in the markets like Sher Shah at very high prices, for example, a side view mirror of Toyota Vitz can be purchased from Sher Shah market at a price ranging from Rs 9,000 to Rs 15,000 (the new will cost Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000).
Another problem faced by the customers is unavailability to trained mechanics to analyse and resolve the mechanical and electrical issues in these vehicles. Road side mechanics tend to resolve these problems on test and trial basis, one of the most common things they do is to temper the high tech electrical equipments, this may resolve the problem temporarily, but ultimately results failure of major mechanical parts like engines and automatic transmissions.
Japanese vehicles are not designed to ride on rough roads of Pakistan. The soft suspension of these cars would last not more than a year this results in major deterioration in overall handling of a car.
Most of the small imported used cars cannot be converted to CNG fuel for example 1000cc Vitz engine does not support CNG fuel and 660cc Alto tends to lose its breaking ability due to conversion to CNG fuel.
The value of these 5 years old used cars is almost equal or little higher than the locally produced new ones, but the resale value of used car is next to nothing as compared to locally produced cars.
The buyers have gone through these experiences in mid 2000's, stick to the locally produced models in order to secure their investments in the long run. The import of used cars not only ate up the share of local automobile industry but also impacted adversely on local engineering industry, resulting in the closure of medium and small sized business units.
The imported cars have a negative impact on the economy as it is resulting in less revenue collection as a used imported CBU only contributes as much as half of the vehicle manufactured in the country by local OEMs and allied industries which have over 3.5 million employees, whose jobs are now at stake due to the situation. The local industries are protected everywhere in the world for strengthening local economy so Pakistan should be no exception, they added urging that the government should review its policy of imported cars in the greater interest of local economy, protecting local automobile industry from complete devastation and saving jobs of thousands of workers.
However the present government does not pay heed towards the protection of local industry but it continued it supports to imported cars that hit sales of local companies. staff report
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