The advert, of which I have a copy, stated that the car had a "full service history" which, on closer inspection, I realise ended in 2012-13, before the insurance write off. If it were full it would have included details of the accident repair, I understand. It also stated that the windscreen had a "small crack" which was in fact more than 20cm long. This was the major reason given for the reduced price. A second reason was that the information panel read "check airbags" and the seller said I would have to have them checked. In fact, they are absent. following the accident. The given mileage was slightly low. The advert also stated that the car was owned by a "careful lady owner", supposedly the seller's mother, but I am now doubting that.
Above all, the engineer's excuse for including nothing in his report about the vehicle's material condition (which is very poor) was that the seller said that she had already told me that the car had been in an accident. This is categorically untrue, and my son is a witness to that.
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I have two final questions.
1. Is it material that independent inspection engineer has stated that the seller told him that she had told me that the car had been in an accident, when she had not?
2. ClickMechanic's advert, which was on the very page of the Gumtree advert for the car, states "Protect your purchase with a ClickMechanic pre-purchase inspection."
Although the person I have spoken to at ClickMechanic seems to have been helpful and sympathetic, he has also stated that my contract was with the engineer and not with ClickMechanic, which I find puzzling.
Clearly I would not have purchased the car if the report had been competent. Do I have any redress against the engineer or ClickMechanic for the problems they have caused? Their offer of only refunding the £75 inspection fee seems mean.
This has been an excellent service.As others have said, the answers were prompt, relevant, clear and very helpful.
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I may sleep tonight!