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Hi! I've just retired as a teacher. I wanted to buy a cheap small car to drive around locally while my wife goes to work in the main family car. Two days ago I bought a car privately through Gumtree. It is a Toyota Yaris and cost £600 which I paid in cash. The following day it was obvious the car had oil and fuel leaks. Today I took it into a garage and they have just called to ask me to collect the car as it is basically junk and is unsafe to drive! I am aware that I do not have the same rights of redress as I would had I purchased the car from a dealer, however, on reading the advice provided on a couple of sites there is no doubt that the car was not sold to me "as described". Furthermore there is no doubt the faults would have been obvious to the seller given that they did not happen overnight. They are not immediately obvious on a cursory examination. Do I have the right to get my money back? Would I have any chance of wining if I took him to court? I've tried phoning him without luck, however, I know his address.....!!
Thanks for that. His ad says: "For sale my beloved Toyota Yaris 1 litre. Super tidy inside out. Runs amazingly as it should. Only thing is a light on the dash saying that it's running rich. Internet says it's the O2 sensor."
Furthermore, in front of a witness (my wife) I asked the chap (who is Argentinian, which explains the slightly unusual phraseology) if there was any other issues with the car that he was aware of. He replied "No".
Would this support my case if it comes to litigation?
FYI I had the car in a garage today and I have all the evidence I need as far as expert opinion is concerned. The folk at the garage say there is no doubt as to the pre-existence of the problems.
Thanks for your advice. I'll try to give you a positive rating now though it's the first time I've used this service so apologies if I mess up!