Second-hand vehicle dealerships in North West are warned to be cautious when taking prospective clients for test drives.
“A number of incidents during which vehicles were hijacked by unknown suspects during test drives were reported to the police,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Adéle Myburgh. In one of the recent incidents suspects, pretended to be buyers, requested a test drive in a bakkie.
“They were accompanied by the sales person of the dealership. During the test drive, the suspects suddenly stopped at a deserted road, pointed a firearm at the sales person and instructed him to get out of the vehicle. The hijackers drove off and the dealership had no information about on the suspects,” she said.
“Dealerships are urged to ensure they have a signed indemnity form completed by the prospective client, including a copy of their identification document / motor vehicle licence/ thumb print, before granting a test drive.”