About the govt. banning old cars

15 January 2017

Dear Editor, 

Just some issues concerning the importation of new vehicles into Samoa.

 Our roads are in appalling conditions. They will be the quick death knell of newer model cars, because of electronic control components.

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With the problem on unrepairable cars littering Samoa, it is caused by the lack of qualified mechanics, technicians, electricians, engineers, the list goes on of the different level of expertise, that is now required to service post year 2000 vehicles.

Older model cars are easy to repair, and contrary to the Minister’s statement, spare parts are still available in abundant, for any year make and model if you do your search online. 

I know so, because I am still driving a sixteen-year-old car fitted with spare parts bought from various on line car parts suppliers, and so far have no problem with the car.

Lastly, what effect will importing new cars have on the G.D.P bottom line; more high value goods coming in and less locally made goods going out to offset the imbalance.

 

Utumap P.

15 January 2017

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