Perodua enrols first batch of valuator-candidates

RAWANG: Perodua has enrolled the first candidates into Malaysia’s first official Vehicle Inspection Management System (VIMS) course offered at the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics, and IoT Institute (MARii) training facility here.

Conducted by AucNation Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company with Automobile Inspection System Inc., Japan (AIS), the course covers accurate analyses of the condition of used or traded-in vehicles to determine which exterior or interior parts need replacing or refurbishing.

According to its website, AIS was established in 1996 and independently inspects used cars and motorcycles throughout Japan.

“We applaud MARii for bringing this initiative to Malaysia, where the entire automotive industry will benefit from a standardised method of valuating vehicles.

“For Perodua, having certified valuators recognised by the government will fortify our Pre-Owned Vehicle (POV) business as our customers will be assured of international standards,” Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Zahari Husin said.

He said Perodua has enrolled 40 of its valuators in the programme, and that after certification, they will be relocated to the company’s sales outlets to assist customers in trading in their vehicles.

“We also have pre-owned Perodua vehicles for sale with limited warranty at the Perodua KL showroom on Jalan Pahang, for those who want total peace-of-mind on a pre-loved Perodua,” said Zahari.

VIMS comprises two analyses, visual analysis (VA) and diagnostic analysis (DA). VA covers the vehicle’s exterior, while DA is conducted using an On-Board Diagnostic 2 (OBD2) device that inspects the vehicle electronically.

“This course, offered by AucNation, is open to all OEMs and interested individuals in order to have a more efficient and uniform used vehicle market,” said MARii chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari.

“MARii believes that having an independent body which scientifically and objectively determines the health of pre-owned vehicles will give a more accurate indication of their roadworthiness.

“This, in turn, will further shape the end-of-life vehicle initiative for the betterment of all Malaysians,” he added.