The good old car salesman trick
in Consumer rights
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You've heard it all before, I know! But when it happens to you it's devastating. My son (22years, gullible and easily led) walked to Carshop to look at cars. He wanted to spend budget about £10,000. He had £5,000 to put down as the deposit. He drove away 3 hours later (after closing time) with a £17,000 car, and a finance deal of 4.5 years (less £4,500 deposit and £500 on gold standard insurance extras). He wouldn't even come home after coming out driving the car. He's devastated that he's bought the car, and taken out 4.5years of finance. I'll give them their due, the sales people are amazing at their job - but really, I can't quite believe that this can still go on in this day and age (obvs I'm also naive!). We've tried to appeal to their better nature, but CarShop will not take back the car unless it's faulty and just kept saying that they didn't force him to buy the car. Where can we go from here? Anywhere?
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He can sell the car, pay off the finance and buy a cheaper car without finance, it will likely cost him a few thousand to do so but it may be the best option.
He drove away 3 hours later (after closing time) with a £17,000 car, and a finance deal of 4.5 years (less £4,500 deposit and £500 on gold standard insurance extras).
He wouldn't even come home after coming out driving the car. He's devastated that he's bought the car, and taken out 4.5years of finance
@Jammychips, what are these "gold standard insurance extras" you talk about? If it's GAP insurance then a dealer must, by law, give two clear days between giving the necessary prescribed information about the policy and the customer agreeing to it.
I'm afraid he's either got to make the best of the deal, or cut his losses by selling the car. He needs to work out which is the least expensive option.
The salesman has just done what he is paid to do - get the customer to buy the most expensive car they can afford. Nothing wrong with that.
It's a really important lesson in life to learn to say no thanks and walk away if you need to.
At least he can learn from the experience and not do it again!
Would've = Would HAVE (not 'of')
No, I am not perfect, but yes I do judge people on their use of basic English language. If you didn't know the above, then learn it! (If English is your second language, then you are forgiven!)