Avoid second-hand sat navs

PUBLISHED: 11:28 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

THE age-old problem of equipment (this time sat navs) being stolen from cars seems to have come round again (article in paper 16/1/09). It is of course possible that the low-life want a sat nav for themselves. More likely, it is to sell on for cash to fu

THE age-old problem of equipment (this time sat navs) being stolen from cars seems to have come round again (article in paper 16/1/09).

It is of course possible that the low-life want a sat nav for themselves. More likely, it is to sell on for cash to fund drugs, drink or who knows what.

Although this scum commit the crime, how many of us encourage it by buying these stolen items "at a good price, you know what I mean, guv".

We can all stop this business by NOT BUYING a second-hand sat nav, unless the seller can prove he has the right to sell it.

If you have a sat nav, don't keep the manual in the car.

If you buy a second hand sat nav, ask to see the original manual (not a copy downloaded from the internet).

If the seller can't or won't show you the manual, then DON'T BUY THE SAT NAV! It's not a foolproof idea, but a good indication that the sat nav carries with it a history of someone's damaged car, heartache and anguish, maybe a lost present from a loved one, and yet another erosion of our right to own and enjoy something we have worked hard to obtain.

And if you do buy a potentially 'dodgy' sat nav, don't complain when someone wrecks YOUR car trying to steal it. Deal, or no Deal?

MIKE FARMER

March


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