Local book details how car buyers are 'screwed by dealerships and banks'

A South African book has lifted the lid on the unlawful scams within the motor dealership industry.

The book, titled Eff You Very Much: How you are screwed by dealerships and banks when buying a car, was co-authored by Crystal Slabbert and John Titmus.

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Slabbert explains that motor dealerships have been illegally charging customers for "on-the-road fees" and other unlawful costs according to the National Consumer Act (NCA).

She first learned about this unsavoury practice while listening to CapeTalk's resident consumer watchdog Wendy Knowler.

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Slabbert explains that illegal fees are often added to the financed deals of both new and used cars.

"On-the-road fees" are illegal according to the National Consumer Act.

Crystal Slabbert, co-author of 'Eff You Very Much'

The only charges that they are allowed to charge you are licence, registration, number plates and fuel.

Crystal Slabbert, co-author of 'Eff You Very Much'

Some of them charge you to wash the car.

Crystal Slabbert, co-author of 'Eff You Very Much'

The little bow when you get the car is not free. The champagne is not free and nor is the key-ring holder. Everything is added in above the price.

Crystal Slabbert, co-author of 'Eff You Very Much'

The dealerships and blaming the banks and the banks are blaming the dealerships... It's become a blame game.

Crystal Slabbert, co-author of 'Eff You Very Much'

Take a listen to her explain:


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