Guess who doesn't buy any car? WeBuyAnyCar.com
You've seen the annoying advert for WeBuyAnyCar.com right? Like the company name suggests, they will take any car off your hands "from fifty quid to a hundred grand". Pretty straightforward so far. Even if your car is a festering pile of parts, you'll get £50. However, this isn't the case at all, as the company are also willing to offer you absolutely nothing for your motor. One avid Bitterwallet reader got the princely offer of £0 in exchange for his car, despite getting £120 for it elsewhere:
After their less-than-generous offer of zero, WeBuyAnyCar.com then made a second offer which reveals something they never mention in their teeth-grindingly awful commercial; they offered our reader £70 for his car, minus an admin fee of £49.95.
Coincidentally, the Advertising Standards Agency have just upheld a complaint against the company, after a consumer complained the admin fee was never mentioned in their adverts. The ASA stated the fee was "a significant condition which was likely to affect a viewer's decision to sell their car through WeBuyAnyCar.com and noted that there was no such reference to the fee in the ad," and concluded that "the ad was likely to mislead." The result is that the ASA feel that "the ad should not appear again in its current form."
Would you flog your car for £50 to someone who hits you with a bill that leaves you with five pence? You may as well go Street Fighter II on it and kick it to bits with your mates and have done with it. It all flies in the face of webuyanycar.com's pitch to would-be sellers, which claims that they're "the guaranteed way to sell your car. Whatever the make, model, age or condition - we'll buy it! We buy all makes and models, from £50 to over £100,000, from non-runners to brand new cars."
Now we know that the ASA aren't happy with the way the company are promoting themselves, are we going to see a change in the commercial and company name?
WeDon'tBuyAnyCar.com! WeDon'tBuyAnyCar.com! If you want money for your car, take it to a scrapper's yard... WeDon'tBuyAnyCar.com! WeDon'tBuyAnyCar.com!