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Just went through the ID check with a car I bought in Victoria late last year, only just doing it now as I've lacked motivation and I've had a lot of work to do on it to try and get I through without being sent to regency. Anyway long story short they seized my car, claiming that there were some discrepencies and couldn't elaborate any further.

 

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this?

Did it end up being something serious? Or just a minor issue?

Hoping that it's nothing major but I'm stressing a little.

The car had a QLD mod plate for being a 2seater, I was putting it through with the rear seat in.

Also has a later model sr in it, but was told by previous owner that it was registered with that engine #. (This could be untrue and possibly the source of the issue. )

However I thought they would be able to sort this out rather than have it towed of to the impound.

 

Cheers guys.

 

 

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I know nothing of SA laws but from the information you have provided i can honestly say that you have overlooked some pretty damn serious information.

 

Almost every single one of the questions you have asked are generally things you absolutely need to research before buying. If the seller was pressuring you to buy quickly and if the price was good or too good this applies 10 fold. Alas hindsight, but this is import ownership 101.

 

No one here is going to be able to help you now, you will only be told the exact same thing I have said. the only people that can help you now are the Gumbyment/Police or whomever has seized the vehicle. If they did not answer your questions you have not asked the right ones.

 

Good Luck

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Did a vin check and came up with the same engine number, no money owing and no theft issues. So not sure what could be wrong.

Don't feel I've done anything wrong, if the mod plate was an issue why wouldn't they just send me to regency (pit inspection).

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Of course you have done something wrong, every import driver is a criminal.

 

Just ask Today Tonight :whistle:

 

 

On a serious note, hope you can get the issue sorted mate ;)

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No one here is going to be able to help you now, you will only be told the exact same thing I have said. the only people that can help you now are the Gumbyment/Police or whomever has seized the vehicle. If they did not answer your questions you have not asked the right ones.

 

I think "what are the specific reasons you have impounded my vehicle" is a really simple question they can elaborate on.

 

OP, obviously you have to keep calling the agency that has taken your car, but you may also wish to contact the SA Ombudsman about this:

 

http://www.ombudsman.sa.gov.au/complaints/who-can-you-complain-about/

http://www.ombudsman.sa.gov.au/contact-us/

 

The State Ombudsman agencies exist to keep Government offices in check, and right now they're playing you for a fool. Presumably the cops (or whoever) have a legitimate reason to impound your car, however doing so without adequate explanation is entirely unacceptable. Can't help you beyond that.

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Thanks pmod, I might try that avenue.

I figure they won't elaborate because in the circumstance that you have done something wrong, if they tell you what they've found then it gives you time to elaborate a story.

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Isnt it nice when they take you into the white little hut and get you to sit down. "Now there has been some discrepenceys with your vehicle. We are confiscating it"

 

*EDIT* Just checked the date. Its been a week. Did you get it back?

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Isnt it nice when they take you into the white little hut and get you to sit down. "Now there has been some discrepenceys with your vehicle. We are confiscating it"

*EDIT* Just checked the date. Its been a week. Did you get it back?

 

Hash it's horrible.

Nope just getting dicked around, obviously in a stack of paperwork on someone's desk. Called enough times that they've told me they'll call me. Il give them another go tomorrow.

 

What happened with your car?

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If it was an identity check and they confiscated the car, it would normally be because the car has been rebirthed or numbered or they are suspicious that it may have been and want to do further checks.

 

If someone has sold you a dodgy car and it is rebirthed there's a good chance they won't give it back.

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Thing is vin and engine numbers matched, colour is original and matched, and a vin check came up with nothing. Was registered in Vic with that vin/engine number until feb this year, surely it would have been picked up there?

 

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I love it how tthey don't really seem that fussed about finding out about it and letting you know either way.

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I love it how tthey don't really seem that fussed about finding out about it and letting you know either way.

 

Bastardry at its finest.

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just hope it doesn't come back with a broken clutch pedal like the poor guy with the SR20 powered ford escort...

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If you still dont have it back go down to Port Adelaide police station and talk to the investigating officer. If they arent in talk to their supervisor.

 

Hassle ever day, morning and night.

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whos got the time for that? this is what shits me off about the system. its all too easy for them to take your car, explain nothing and leave you in the ditch out of pocket and with no communication for weeks on end. Try and find out anything and you get stonewalled at every turn... it is well and truly enough to reduce most grown men to tears and go postal.

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whos got the time for that? this is what shits me off about the system. its all too easy for them to take your car, explain nothing and leave you in the ditch out of pocket and with no communication for weeks on end. Try and find out anything and you get stonewalled at every turn... it is well and truly enough to reduce most grown men to tears and go postal.

 

I completely agree that the system is immoral, but the kind of guy who falls to despair so easily isn't much of a 'man' in my opinion. In that type of a war of attrition, the winner is the guy who makes it his mission to p*ss off every a**hole he has to go through to the fullest extent legally possible, by being polite yet belligerantly unwavering.

 

There are some things (such a parking fines) in which it's simply far too futile to try, but this isn't one of those situations. In saying that though, whilst I'm not the violent type, I can be a bit of a d*ck if people cross me :/

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with regency there is no winning.... you just cant get ahead.. even by playing the game. the little guy always loses

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Be 3 weeks on Monday since it was taken and still got no idea what's going on. Had one phone call from a female detective last week saying she was responding to my messages if left and that she'd call me when she has any info. Claimed she was still waiting for the report to come in from the impound.

In an attempt to speed up the process, I told her I was leaving the country in a few days for a few weeks and that it would be hard to get in contact.

She just said she could contact me via email and gave me little indication of when that may be.

 

Pretty frustrated but luckily it's not my primary car and I can get by without it, just annoying having a constant thought about it in the back of my mind.

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For those who've been wondering, finally got a call today, was from the inspection officer that seized it, rather than someone from major crime. This kind of suprised me as I was told it was in major crimes hands. Anyway he basically just told me it's available to pick up, said they had and issue with the engine number but the cops were happy with it in the end. (Only took 5 weeks of being left in the dark). Fingers crossed it's sticker less when I go pick it up.

Cheers for your info and help guys.

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Haha think il take it easy.

Just got an email with a few more details and for whatever reason I have to get a new engine number stamped to the block. Anyone know workshops that will do this? Bloody pain in the arse.

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Not even an acknowledgement of your time wasted... so typical, hell to be had if you kept them waiting.

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Least they FINALLY got back to you . hmmmm never heard of that one before...so basically they couldn't pin the 'this car/engine is stolen' on it/you so just to make sure they have given you the a big enough fuck around, here , stamp a new engine number on it for us. Cheers.

 

#Cunce

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Least they FINALLY got back to you . hmmmm never heard of that one before...so basically they couldn't pin the 'this car/engine is stolen' on it/you so just to make sure they have given you the a big enough f**k around, here , stamp a new engine number on it for us. Cheers.

 

#Cunce

 

Pretty much, they claim the engine number that's on that block has been altered, but that number came up when I did a vin check so f'knows.

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:lol:

 

Really ? If that's the number that came up then they are full of it !

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That's what I think, think they f**ked up, wasted my time and decided to cover their tracks, by making this up. But what am I suppose to do.

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Does the car have a defect sticker? Are you meant to show them the 'restamp' ?

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Unsure whether it has a defect sticker as it's still at the compound, it didn't have one when they seized it.

Just been told to get the number they've supplied me stamped on the block and then take it back to the ID check to have it approved.

Pretty annoying when I've got a vin check with the correct number coming up.

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