A 92-year-old Holbeach woman says she’s been sick with worry since a scrap dealer took her car away and failed to complete vital documents that could land her with a hefty fine.
Daphne Rains, of Wilders Garth, was enjoying a ride in the countryside with a friend on Saturday, January 11, when her T-reg Corsa broke down.
She said: “Someone helped push it off the road and we contacted Tears Recovery of Sutton Bridge to come and fetch it.
“It was quite an adventure when my friend and I got in the cab to be taken home. There had been oil all over the road, so I wasn’t surprised to be told that the car was irreparable.
“I was advised to call a scrap dealer and ask for £80. When I did the man said he couldn’t give me £80, he’d give me £40 and I agreed because I didn’t want it – I just wanted it taken away.
”He asked for the registration document, which I gave him, and left.”
However, it wasn’t until afterwards that someone pointed out that the dealer should have completed the notification of transfer section of the registration document, leaving her at risk of being fined.
Mrs Rains said: “It’s really upset me – I haven’t felt well since at all. I’m really cross with myself for not knowing I needed to send part of the registration document to the DVLA after all the years I’ve been driving, but my late husband always dealt with the paperwork. But the dealer should have known, too.”
Concerned about the repercussions, Mrs Rains contacted local dealers Cash!!! 4 Cars!!! on the off-chance they had bought the car.
Owner Philip Barrington, said: “I think it’s despicable someone should take advantage of an elderly person in this way.
“I purposely added ‘No Scrap Cars Please’ to my advert in the Spalding Guardian because this isn’t the first time I’ve been called in similar circumstances.
“Whenever I buy a car, the seller gets a copy of the invoice clearly stating who the buyer is and I fill in the slip on the registration document that needs sending to the DVLA.
“Recently in the local paper there have been a number of cases of failing to notify the DVLA of change of ownership, with fines of £600 plus costs.
“I’ve tried to help Mrs Rains by trying to find out who bought it, but who is going to admit it?”
When Mrs Rains called the police on 101, she said she was advised to get in touch with the DVLA and explain the situation.
In spite of the worry, it hasn’t put her off getting excited about finding a new car.
She said: “I’ve been driving for 70 years and don’t know what I’d do without a car. It’s too far for me to walk to the supermarket now and my friend and I love going out to lunch.”