Car bought at auction had warning lights disconnected to hide major problem
A MOTHER who bought a car that could have put lives at risk is warning other motorists to double check before purchasing at auctions.
Helen Mathews, of Sidney Road, Grimsby, wanted to buy a new family car for herself and her two children.
The sales administrator travelled to a car auction earlier this month and spent more than £800 on a blue Peugeot 307.
However, it quickly became apparent to the driver of six years that something was wrong with the vehicle.
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It was then discovered that the car's warning lights had been disconnected, which hid a major problem – and the car was deemed a write-off just days later.
Mrs Matthews, 28, said: "I have been saving up for a while to buy a new family car.
"I went to the auction with two friends and my eldest boy. I saw the car and went for it. It had been placed in the auction by its previous owner.
"In total, I spent £835 with all the extras. But on the way home, it didn't feel right.
"I filled it up with water three times but ended up taking it to a garage a few days later,
"After five days of having the car, they declared it a write-off.
"Anything could have gone wrong at any time because the warning lights had been disconnected.
"I am angry that someone would do that and potentially put a child at risk, not to mention other people too.
"It has now left me without a car and the money I paid for it.
"I have contacted Trading Standards and they are trying to help me."
Terry Allen, a mechanic from Freshney Car Centre, who examined the car, said: "The warning lights inside the car have been tampered with. They were disconnected so the new owner couldn't tell that anything was wrong.
"When we looked into the problems closer, we found that there was no coolant in the car and when we added some, it spat it straight out due to there being such a high pressure.
"There are three possible things wrong with the car and they are all serious.
"It could be a blown head gasket, a cracked cylinder head or a cracked cylinder block.
"To repair it would cost as much as the car, if not more.
"Whoever put the car in the auction would have known the problems and deliberately tried to hide them.
"The car won't even start now. It is a write-off."