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    Selling Car-Private Sale
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    • 2nd Nov 18, 12:13 PM
    Selling Car-Private Sale 2nd Nov 18 at 12:13 PM
    Hi, hope I've posted this in the right place. Advice needed!

    Hoping to sell my car this weekend. It's a 10 year old car with high mileage. It has also had 2 lots of cosmetic repair work. The price reflects all of the previous. We have been 100% honest with our description. Any issue has been stated in the advert. Pictures reflect any damage. I could scrap the car but she drives well and is very reliable. The car has only broken down twice (for the same reason) in the 7 years I've owned it. Also needed a new battery shortly after I bought it. We never intended to sell it. The plan was to keep it until it died but we no longer need the 2nd car.

    I am very worried about selling it privately. What steps do I need to protect myself? I have already stated all the known issues in the advert. I am going to provide the buyer with a receipt and make a duplicate for myself (any templates are welcome). What else do I need to do/say to ensure that the buyer doesn't try to pull a fast one?

    Any Advice is welcome
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    Just popping by to say that we sold the car to the first person that viewed it. He knew enough about cars to know that he was getting a good deal. He checked the engine over and took for a drive (DH drove it). Asked loads of questions about its history. He left with the aa receipt. Cash has been deposited in the bank so all is good there. Wasn't robbed on the way, bonus. Hopefully we'll never see him or the car again.

    Thank for all the advice and hopefully next time we sell a car I won't over think it.
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    As suspected the buyer has today contacted us saying that there's a problem with the car and wants us to pay for it. I knew this would happen.
    • Scrapit
    • By Scrapit 8th Nov 18, 8:55 PM
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    As suspected the buyer has today contacted us saying that there's a problem with the car and wants us to pay for it. I knew this would happen.
    Originally posted by DebtFreeDreams
    And will you?
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 8th Nov 18, 8:59 PM
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    What is 'the problem'?
    • earlsgate
    • By earlsgate 8th Nov 18, 10:00 PM
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    surely it was "sold as seen" so no comebacks to the private seller as was seemingly made clear at the time.

    my advice is not to budge an inch. any problem is his not yours

    make a note of any further communication but do not respond
    Last edited by earlsgate; 08-11-2018 at 10:04 PM. Reason: adding
    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 9th Nov 18, 2:20 PM
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    Keep a copy of the advert, as long as you were honest to the best of your knowledge and did not do anything to hide known serious faults, You have nothing to worry about.

    There are too many buyers expecting Dealer Sale rights from a private sale. Be polite but firm in stating your position.

    Signed bits of paper stating "Sold as Seen" private Sale etc are all pretty meaningless it is very much on the onus of the buyer if they wish to seek court redress to prove you lied and that it's anything other than a private sale.
    These are thrown out of court every day, but not every case due to lies etc.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 10th Nov 18, 4:50 PM
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    Guess we are not going to hear what 'the problem' was; shame.
    • Scrapit
    • By Scrapit 10th Nov 18, 5:41 PM
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    Guess we are not going to hear what 'the problem' was; shame.
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    Patience grasshopper.
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    Ed, I want to say something witty, but unfortunately I'm all out.

    Something has failed on the car and he believes that it's linked to one of the issues we listed in the advert. I have googled this part failing and we haven't had any indication that the part may have been faulty. The issue indicated has been there for 2 plus years. I have looked up the failing part and we haven't had any of the problems it would cause if it was about to give up.

    I have kept everything including advert, written dialogue, receipt etc. We explained to him that we had absolutely no idea that there was a problem with this part. It has caused none of the problems that it should have whilst we owned it. He seems to have backed off at the moment, so hoping that it stays that way. We are absolutely not paying for any repairs. We were as honest as we could be. To our knowledge there was nothing wrong with the car and it had been driving fine up until we sold it.

    Thanks for the advice. We are definitely digging our heels in.
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