The German Public Broadcaster has released information about a fraudulent net, through which unsafe vehicles are being brought from Germany to Georgia. The German Public Broadcaster carried out a journalistic investigation into the matter.
According to the Broadcaster, hundreds of cars that were cut in two after crashes in Germany are later brought to Georgia in containers. German journalists tracked down one of such containers at Batumi port.
The cars are reconstructed in Georgia and sold as new cars. The average price of such a car in Georgia is 7,400 dollars.
The German Public Broadcaster says that the cars utilized in Germany are exported with similar methods mainly to Eastern Europe and Africa.
The expert Hans-Ulrich Sander talks about the risks caused by the assembled vehicles. “The art of assembling, of course, is at the highest level, but in the end it’s still nothing more than a waste product. The safety is zero if such a car gets into an accident,”- says the expert.
The Revenue Service says that a certain amount of the cut in two cars really are brought in Georgia. However, despite the German investigation, the department says these cars are sold in parts and not as a vehicle.
According to them, cars enter undergo special customs procedures and in any case, the cut in two cars can’t be registered as a vehicle and get a number plate because it is registered as a part of the car.
George Surguladze, Director of the used-car dealer “Caucasus Auto Import, notes that cars that were cut in two are brought in Georgia by illegally operating dealers who arrive in Germany, look for cut in two vehicles, load in containers and thus reduce transportation costs.
In his words, such dealers create problems for the legal companies in unfair competition by offering lower prices.
In Surguladze’s opinion, the law should regulate such vehicles recovery in the licensed service centers.
He says mainly cheap segment vehicles are brought in this way which are sold on the market for $ 3 000-5 000.
Surguldze also notes that such vehicles are sold in the Rustavi auto market and enter the neighboring Azerbaijan, Armenia that spoils the country’s name.
In addition, he adds that the crisis has affected car business but notes that only 30-40% of used cars are re-exported, while the rest remain in the country.