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Crushed Vehicles at Local Pound

Uninsured Lose Out When Vehicles Are Crushed!

More vehicles were crushed at a local pound in Gauteng this week adding to the number of vehicles crushed annually. 

It doesn’t matter whether it’s damaged, in showroom condition, a luxury vehicle or a small, versatile motorbike. The real victims are the uninsured owners who are losing their entire life savings once their cars are stolen.

Vehicles end up at the pound for the following reasons:

  • The vehicle is identifiable but the owner is not available and the vehicle is not suitable or in good enough condition to be forfeited to the State as per Regulation 80 (6).
  • The vehicle is not identifiable and cannot be forfeited to the State as per Regulation 80 (6).

In 2002 Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi ordered police to crush all stolen vehicles recovered with engine and chassis numbers already removed and which could not be claimed or identified by the rightful owners. Vehicles had previously been sold at police auctions but this had created an opportunity for car syndicates and vehicle cloning.

Insurers lose millions every year and as a result the consumer bears the brunt with higher premiums. If involved in a hijacking incident owners are often too traumatised to want their car back and in cases where the insurance company has paid out the car owner, it is the property of the insurance company with no value to the previous owner. Often it is difficult to track down owners and insurance companies incur great expense in trying to identify the person.

The value of microdots and their unique way of identifying vehicles has greatly helped in recovered vehicles being identified. 

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Executive Committee

Craig Wahl

Craig Wahl

Craig is an admitted attorney with experience in Business and Labour Law. After being admitted he worked as a Legal Advisor for SEESA, a business consultancy in East London and George. He joined DataDot Technology SA in 2013 and currently is the CEO of the company.
Derek Menday

Derek Menday

Derek was General Manager of Sales at Cargo Benoni prior to joining AVIS as National Sales Director in 1989. He joined DataDot Technology SA in 2003 and is currently an Executive Director, Executive Committee Member and a Shareholder of the company.
Chad Thomson

Chad Thomson

Chad started his career within the Commercial Security Sector. A change into commerce in 2000 saw him as Managing Director to African Independent Insurance Brokers after which he joined DataDot and currently holds the position of Senior General Manager National Operations.
Chris Naude

Chris Naude

Chris is a Qualified Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Datadot in 2016 he worked at Questus Chartered Accountants and Profert and Vrystaat Mielies in Potchefstroom. He currently holds the position of General Manager - Business Analysis and is the Company Secretary.