I want to know where I stand legally.
Is it the dealer's responsibility to check the car before completing the transaction and offering me the £1,350 for the car?
No I didn't.
No they have not quoted a law.
They are alleging that the car was "patched up by the owner to disguise the faults" which is not the case. We did have a fault on the car as the fan belt and a pulley had to be replaced which was carried out by an RAC recommended garage at a cost of £220.00 and as far as I was aware this was satisfactory.
The quotation for work to be carried out amounts to approximately £1,000 and the letter says that I was aware of the faults and did not declare them which is untrue.
They are saying that if I am prepared to make a compromise that they are happy with then they won't take further action.
If I make a compromise it would seem like admitting that I knew the faults listed existed whereas I did not.
Please could you advise on the best course of action for me to take. Do I have any liability?
Thank you for your reply.
I definitely did not make any misleading statements and, in fact, was asked nothing about the car.
All documents and bills were handed over to the dealer at the time of the transaction. The MOT certificate (carried out in January) was included in the documents and the only advisory point stated that there was an oil leak and that was the only problem I was aware of.
I don't know whether the faults listed on the quotation exist or not but surely the vehicle should have been checked before an offer was made.
Can you please advise on how we should respond to the dealer?