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    • karinelleno
    • By karinelleno 12th Jul 17, 2:47 PM
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    New Car/Old Car Dilemma
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:47 PM
    New Car/Old Car Dilemma 12th Jul 17 at 2:47 PM
    Good afternoon,

    We did a deal with a trader the other day, we part exchanged our car and gave them some cash for a new car.

    Everything seems to be fine but we have today received a call from the trader telling us that they have taken our car to their mechanic and the car should be scrapped, it never should've passed the last MOT, whoever did it was rubbish, and it's an imported car which they wouldn't normally take.

    They are saying that they want the car we bought from them back and they will give us our car and money back.

    Obviously, we don't want to do that. We certainly didn't know or think it wasn't road worthy and definitely not scrap as there is no way we would've used it especially with our children in it.

    I've checked a photo we had of the log book for the old car and it says declared new at first registration which I thought meant that it was a UK car not an import but I just don't know.

    Does anyone know where we stand with regards to this?

    They didn't get a mechanic to look at our car before accepting it and didn't even test drive it just gave us an offer of a value which we accepted.

    Many thanks
    ** Karin **
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    • Lucky Duck
    • By Lucky Duck 12th Jul 17, 2:54 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:54 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:54 PM
    I would politely decline their offer!
    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 12th Jul 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:56 PM
    Tell them no way. The deal is done now and the garage should have checked the car over when they took it off your hands.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 12th Jul 17, 2:59 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:59 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:59 PM
    We did a deal with a trader the other day, we part exchanged our car and gave them some cash for a new car.

    Everything seems to be fine but we have today received a call from the trader telling us that they have taken our car to their mechanic and the car should be scrapped, it never should've passed the last MOT, whoever did it was rubbish, and it's an imported car which they wouldn't normally take.
    Originally posted by karinelleno
    Hey-ho. Tough. Should have looked first. They're the experts, not you.

    They are saying that they want the car we bought from them back and they will give us our car and money back.
    There's a lot of things in this life that I "want", and I'm a damn sight more likely to get them...

    I've checked a photo we had of the log book for the old car and it says declared new at first registration which I thought meant that it was a UK car not an import but I just don't know.
    There y'go, then. It was first registered, new, in the UK.

    Unless it was BUILT here, of course it was imported. But it certainly wasn't imported used. And, even if it was, that's their fault for not checking before agreeing to take it in.

    Does anyone know where we stand with regards to this?
    Can I suggest that a very satisfying place to stand would be next to your new car, the other side of the road, flicking Vs at them before getting in and driving away with a cheery wave?

    They didn't get a mechanic to look at our car before accepting it and didn't even test drive it just gave us an offer of a value which we accepted.
    Well, that's a lesson they've learned, isn't it?
    • ratrace
    • By ratrace 12th Jul 17, 3:11 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 3:11 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 3:11 PM
    Blimey a car dealer asking for their car back, a rare scenario indeed

    op, tell them sorry its too late you are a private seller sold as seen, only issue you may have if you new car develops a fault they wont play ball to fix it
    People are caught up in an egotistic artificial rat race to display a false image to society. We want the biggest house, fanciest car, and we don't mind paying the sky high mortgage to put up that show. We sacrifice our biggest assets our health and time, We feel happy when we see people look up to us and see how successful we are”

    Rat Race
    • MoneySavingNovice
    • By MoneySavingNovice 12th Jul 17, 3:31 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 3:31 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 3:31 PM
    ....they have taken our car to their mechanic and the car should be scrapped, it never should've passed the last MOT, whoever did it was rubbish, and it's an imported car which they wouldn't normally take......
    Originally posted by karinelleno
    I would ignore them, if you feel the need to reply I would suggest 'Caveat Emptor' or buyer of your old car beware.

    The only concern I would have from a practical point of view is any warrantee you have got from your presumably new second hand car. Given this will they be willing to cover any warranty claims that you may have?



    Irrespective of all this I would not enter into any further discussion with them and avoid them in the future, from what you have stated here they don’t appear to be a professional organisation.
    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 12th Jul 17, 4:05 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 4:05 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 4:05 PM
    to my knowledge they have no legal standing unless you deliberately covered up faults and misled/lied to them. they agreed to buy it as they saw it. I'm sure they would love to make a deal with you but you are free to decline them.


    as above, caveat emptor.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 12th Jul 17, 7:18 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 7:18 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 7:18 PM
    OP, if you had made a complaint about the car you part-ex'd with them, how do you think they would treat your complaint?

    Read some of the Threads here about just that situation and your answer would be, they wouldn't try very hard to put things right. If at all.

    Ignore it, but keep notes about the phone call from them with date/time if possible. If they call again, tell them you have taken legal advice. Just that, nothing else. Then hang up.

    The MOT test, condition of the car you gave in part-ex, and the car's origin, is irrelevant. They should have been experienced and knowledgeable enough at their trade, to discover all that by a simple phone call with the reg. plate details. Even in the 90's, my old garage was doing that.
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

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