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Hi, I have found a person selling my stolen bike online. I did report this to the police and I sent the seller a few photos showing clearly unique scratch marks that matches the bike he's selling. But the seller is refusing to return the bike because I could not find proof of purchase or a serial number of the bike frame. He has also claimed that he had spoken to both lawyers and the police and "they both agree that as I purchased the bike in 'good faith' then it is up to me to decide what to do with it.". Are his statements correct and what can I do to get my bike back?
As I was not in the UK I pretend to buy the bike for 500pounds and sent him 200pounds deposit in return for purchasing the bike later.
Yes I would want it back as it belongs to me, without paying the seller money.
What about the deposit I paid him? Do I have the right to have it back?
Also he is arguing with me that just some photos of the scratch marks doesn't proof the bike belongs to me, also that since he bought it in "good faith" it means he is not handling stolen goods. Are those statements correct? If he refuses to return the bike can I seek a court order straight away? Or do I have to wait 7 days?
Also he is arguing with me that just some photos of the scratch marks doesn't proof the bike belongs to me, also that since he bought it in "good faith" it means he is not handling stolen goods. Are those statements correct?
But what are the chances of me winning the case if I do not have any receipts of the purchase or records of the bike frame number. But some photos of me riding the unique bike and photos of specific scratch marks on it?
I have just been told by the seller the bike had been stolen. Is there anything I could do?
But is he liable to pay me for loosing the bike I own?