Car privately sold- buyer says car unroadworthy

Car privately sold- buyer says car unroadworthy

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vickiebb22

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8 posts

6 months

Saturday 8th February
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Hi , after some advice please. I sold a car on Tuesday that had 6 months left on MOT , I and my partner had been driving and was absolutely fine. I took the car to two places at the weekend ‘we buy any car and Evans helshaw and both said car was in good condition. I decided to sell privately as both places offered less than I wanted etc . I googled everything I needed to sell the car privately as I have never done before. A man called me to view on Monday and he looked all round the car, under the bonnet , checked all inside in terms of radio, lights, fans etc and checked tyres. He wanted a test drive so I said he needs to ensure car ( advised online to ask this) and he agreed to do so and came the next day. He proved insurance so he drove car , myself in passenger seat and his wife in the back. We went round in the car , I said go as long as you like to test and then he said that’s fine and drove back. He said I’m happy with the car so he paid cash and I wrote him a receipt which stated ‘ happy with car ,test drove and agreed price of £££ and signed. The next day he calls saying when he drove it it was pulling slightly to the left so he took the wheel off to have a look , he sent me a picture of this, I don’t know anything about cars! So then he asks for £400 as he called the garage and they said will cost £800 , he told me something to do with abs and caliper? I said no as the car was fine and I had no issues. He rang me again later that day and said the break has seized up but he hadn’t taken it to a garage just telling me and wanted £200 as he found a cheaper part. I spoke to CAB and told him they advised me I am not liable for the car as he bought it and drove it and was happy to pay for it and Id do all the right actions. He now says he’s taking me to court for the car being unroadworthy? Can he do this? He says he has a mechanical report 3 days after but I haven’t seen anything and he’s still asking for money!

10126 Torino

450 posts

35 months

Saturday 8th February
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Standard chancer who wants a "discount" after paying.

Wait for the non existent court papers.

garyhun

29,340 posts

184 months

Saturday 8th February
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Unless you misrepresented the car in the ad, ignore them and get on with your life.

If you described the car accurately, they are a chancer looking for free money.

The end.

10126 Torino

450 posts

35 months

Saturday 8th February
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The ABS would have nothing to do with this fault from the description ,so he obviously doesn't know what he's

talking about and basically making it up.

steve2

1,513 posts

174 months

Saturday 8th February
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Tell him if he contacts you again that you think you undervalued it and can he pay you an extra £500 then block his number

Fastpedeller

2,958 posts

102 months

Saturday 8th February
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Keep any massages he sends, and don't respond - seems to be the best way from previous PH similar. IANAL but it sounds reasonable to me. If you get any threats (I'm not wanting to worry you, and hope you don't) report straight to Police giving evidence.

vickiebb22

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8 posts

6 months

Saturday 8th February
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He has threatened me , the police have a report but won’t do anything unless he comes round etc.
The ad said:
The mileage
Mot date
Air con
Good condition ( as this is what I was told by Evans helshaw and we buy any car)

That was it. I gave him all documents and service book etc and didn’t say anything about mechanics of the car as I don’t know anything really so let him look it over and answers questions honestly. He said to me ‘ your brave doing this by yourself’ which after the fact is really weird.

Muzzer79

3,476 posts

143 months

Saturday 8th February
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Listen (read) very carefully

This man is most likely a scammer.

Unless you SPECIFICALLY described something on the car which has turned out not to be correct, he has no case against you on a private sale.

(General terms such as ‘good condition’ are not specific)

Ignore him

Don’t respond to texts, mails, phone calls, anything.

If he comes to your house, tell him to leave or you will phone the police (do so, if he refuses to leave)

It’s highly, highly unlikely that he will take you to court, no matter what he says. If he does, you cannot ignore it but jump back on here and we’ll take you through what to do.

Bubba Zanetti

330 posts

103 months

Saturday 8th February
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Send them this two word text message and never speak to them again. Ever.

Caveat emptor.

vickiebb22

Original Poster:

8 posts

6 months

Saturday 8th February
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Thank you all, really appreciate your responses. Hopefully won’t hear anymore from him now

ClaphamGT3

8,407 posts

199 months

Saturday 8th February
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Pica-Pica

7,081 posts

40 months

Saturday 8th February
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..and have a cheap spare phone take out a new SIM and number when you sell a car. I have a spare ‘silent’ phone that I use when companies/organisations insist on a phone number.

Chris32345

957 posts

18 months

Saturday 8th February
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Send a copy of the picture he sent you?

austina35

73 posts

8 months

Saturday 8th February
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Pica-Pica said:
..and have a cheap spare phone take out a new SIM and number when you sell a car. I have a spare ‘silent’ phone that I use when companies/organisations insist on a phone number.
absolutely. have done this for years.

talksthetorque

7,844 posts

91 months

Saturday 8th February
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Added to the "Sold a car privately, buyer wants refund" thread as similar.


vickiebb22

Original Poster:

8 posts

6 months

Saturday 8th February
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Apologies for doing another thread for this sort of thing, wouldn’t let me view the previous ones hence the new thread

vickiebb22

Original Poster:

8 posts

6 months

Saturday 8th February
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Above is the pic he sent me

Alucidnation

12,934 posts

126 months

Saturday 8th February
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vickiebb22 said:
Hi , after some advice please.

I sold a car on Tuesday that had 6 months left on MOT , I and my partner had been driving and was absolutely fine.

I took the car to two places at the weekend ‘we buy any car and Evans helshaw and both said car was in good condition. I decided to sell privately as both places offered less than I wanted etc .

I googled everything I needed to sell the car privately as I have never done before.

A man called me to view on Monday and he looked all round the car, under the bonnet , checked all inside in terms of radio, lights, fans etc and checked tyres. He wanted a test drive so I said he needs to ensure car ( advised online to ask this) and he agreed to do so and came the next day.

He proved insurance so he drove car , myself in passenger seat and his wife in the back. We went round in the car , I said go as long as you like to test and then he said that’s fine and drove back.

He said I’m happy with the car so he paid cash and I wrote him a receipt which stated ‘ happy with car ,test drove and agreed price of £££ and signed.

The next day he calls saying when he drove it it was pulling slightly to the left so he took the wheel off to have a look , he sent me a picture of this, I don’t know anything about cars! So then he asks for £400 as he called the garage and they said will cost £800 , he told me something to do with abs and caliper? I said no as the car was fine and I had no issues.

He rang me again later that day and said the break has seized up but he hadn’t taken it to a garage just telling me and wanted £200 as he found a cheaper part.

I spoke to CAB and told him they advised me I am not liable for the car as he bought it and drove it and was happy to pay for it and Id do all the right actions. He now says he’s taking me to court for the car being unroadworthy?

Can he do this?

He says he has a mechanical report 3 days after but I haven’t seen anything and he’s still asking for money!
E&OE.

Pericoloso

42,749 posts

119 months

Saturday 8th February
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vickiebb22 said:


Apologies for doing another thread for this sort of thing, wouldn’t let me view the previous ones hence the new thread
Proof he's an idiot is the position of the axle stand.

Stick Legs

1,063 posts

121 months

Saturday 8th February
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Total chancer. Ignore.

I had this with a chap last year.

"This will not go away, I know where you live and work..."

Guess what. It went away.

Fret not, he is trying it on.