The Malaysian government will be considering forcing second hand car buyers get their vehicles checked by experts like Puspakom to curb the sale of half-cut cars. Half-cut cars are cars which are assembled by having two halves of a car welded together to make a vehicle.
Half-cut cars are dangerous because they split upon impact. Normal proper cars are supposed to crumple. The crumple zone doesn’t exist in a half-cut car, so an accident could prove fatal. According to statistics, there are nearly 50,000 half-cut cars on the roads nationwide, and most of the time the current owners do not even know they are driving such a hazard.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between financial institutions which provide hire-purchase loans for car purchases and Puspakom which requires all second-hand cars to be checked by Puspakom before the loan will be approved.