Are you a private seller?
Ok. In what way has the wording been changed?
Does that mean it has been written off?
In that case you are liable. Whether you are a private seller or not, there was a misrepresentation. It might well have been innocent but that is not the issue.
You are entitled to the vehicle back if you do offer him his money back.
Realistically though, if this is a Cat C write off then there isn't really much chance of anything but recession of the contract being ordered at court. There is no much point even in offering the diminution value unless you think he would accept it.
I'm very sorry but that is the reality.
Can I clarify anything for you?
He does have a claim for the full amount he paid in return for the car.
But if he is willing to accept the diminution value then that would be a very good deal
If he is willing to accept that then you can always get him to sign a full and final settlement undertaking.
Just send him a cheque with an accompanying letter saying that this is in full and final settlement of any claim.
You might want to write full and final settlement on both sides of the cheque and take photographs of it.
Yes, but after this passage of time you would only get the diminution value. Not least because you can't return the car.
It depends on the car. It is not really possible to assess remotely.
With Cat Cs and Ds it is not usually huge unless the car is unsafe.
You have to research what the going rate for the car would have been if it had been known that it was a Cat C write off. It does have an impact upon value but not usually upon safety.
Yes, you could ask for the car back.
If he has worked on it then he will just want compensation for the diminution value.
No, you would give him the £500 for which he asks?
If there is work done upon it already then the court would probably look at diminution value rather than recession of the contract.
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All the best.