Sold my car, buyer wants to return it ?? Help ?!?

Sold my car, buyer wants to return it ?? Help ?!?

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Alex3369

Original Poster:

3 posts

30 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Hi,
So i sold my car last week, a trusty old girl who did me well between 135000 and 164000 at time of sale. The car was test driven and agreed upon and drove away with it being stated that the engine system service light is on and that she needed some work.
The buyer contacted me today saying the gearbox light has come on after a week of driving, what can I do as this never happened to me and I sold the car thinking it was in good running order besides her stated issues???
Thanks,
Alex

Phil Dicky

6,105 posts

219 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Tell him tough st and to jog on.

Integroo

8,267 posts

41 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Tell him to jog on. Caveat emptor.

Beverley UpHolland

15 posts

30 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Private sale was it?

Thankyou4calling

8,286 posts

129 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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1. Speak to your solicitor and ask them to send a strongly worded letter.
2. Sell all your property so if sued you have nothing to lose.
3. Change all contact details and remove yourself from social media.
4. Naff off

TY4C

Muzzer79

3,476 posts

143 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Not again.....irked
There really should be a sticky for this

It's either a scam or they're mental.

If you're that way inclined, make one contact to them to say it was sold as seen and you are not a trader.

Then ignore them completely.

Don't respond to texts, phonecalls, Facebook, smoke signals, anything.


Butter Face

21,210 posts

116 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Another new poster with this st? Jeeez.

Torquey

1,757 posts

184 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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I've never had a car that's had a gearbox light before.

boyse7en

4,254 posts

121 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Torquey said:
I've never had a car that's had a gearbox light before.
Thought my car was posh having a glovebox light

Alex3369

Original Poster:

3 posts

30 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Just in response, yes it was a private sale.
Thanks for the advice folks I was beginning to get a bit worried. confused

maz8062

731 posts

171 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Post a link to the original ad.

Your conscience will direct you. If you genuinely sold the car without knowing the gearbox was on its way out - and didn't disclose it, while you technically don't have to take the car back, the right thing to do would be to offer some help.

If you didn't know, the damage could have been caused post sale, so its not really your problem and may be risky taking it back.

Only you know what the right thing to do is.


cbmotorsport

3,036 posts

74 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Another thread, the same subject.

Tell them (politely) to poke it. The car was sold as seen, you were not aware of any faults.

Ignore further correspondence, get on with your life.

kurt535

3,532 posts

73 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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anyone reckon the car buyer has returned with an axe yet?

Wacky Racer

33,205 posts

203 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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kurt535 said:
anyone reckon the car buyer has returned with an axe yet?
The buyer wasn't called Johnny was he?



DoubleD

13,160 posts

64 months

Friday 9th February 2018
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Lets just hope they dont call your boss and threaten to sell their story to the papers

Angpozzuto

357 posts

65 months

Saturday 10th February 2018
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It's not your problem, the new owner had the car a week no one knows whether they've ragged the st out of it and fked the gearbox doing doughnuts in the nearest car park

VAGLover

918 posts

34 months

Saturday 10th February 2018
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Private sale? There is zero come back. Ignore them
If they keep harnessing you. Phone the police and report them

cat with a hat

1,479 posts

74 months

Saturday 10th February 2018
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Either ignore them or politely but firmly explain they don't have a leg to stand on.

sparks_E39

11,480 posts

169 months

Saturday 10th February 2018
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Reply saying it is a privately agreed sale, no warranty given or implied, and that you are not a trader. Tell them their local garage should be able to help them. Then block all contact. You have no legal obligation to refund them and they don’t have a leg to stand on.

Toed64

297 posts

76 months

Saturday 10th February 2018
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OP, as has been stated many times above, it was a private sale, so in general the principle of Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) applies: so you should not have any liability or obligation to the buyer.

However, private sellers can inadvertantly assume some liabilities if they have described the condition of the vehicle in too much detail in the advertisement. For example, if you describe the car as having 'no major faults', then you can be held to account for this description. The buyer would have to make a case that this was not so at the time of sale and the buyer has to be reasonable in his expectations - if it's a £50 wreckwith a week's MOT left, he might not reasonably expect it to drive from Lands End to John O' Groats and back without rattling or smelling of the last owner's spaniel.

If you describe your much newer used car in your private sale advert as having 'no major faults' and subsequently sell it for £10,000, the buyer can reasonably assume that it should not overheat and seize on his 10 mile journey home. If on investigation the new owner discovers that you knew the head gasket was blown and consequently put 'instant-head-gasket-repair-juice' in the cooling system, you are likely to be found liable by any court.