Many thanks for your patience. When a person buys a second-hand vehicle from a private seller, their rights will be somewhat limited and will not be as extensive as if they had bought it from a dealer.
In general, there is no legal requirement for the vehicle to be of satisfactory quality or fit for purpose. Therefore, the buyer will only have rights in the following situations:
· If the vehicle did not match the description given, whether in the advert or any subsequent discussions. This would amount to breach of contract or misrepresentation. In your case you had given a description of the vehicle and the problems and the buyer was aware of what was wrong with it and what he was buying.
· If the seller broke a specific contractual term – e.g. if they fail to do something they specifically agreed to, for example, fix certain faults or provide an MOT. This is also going to be a breach of contract
· If the seller was actually a dealer posing as a private seller - this is an unfair commercial practice and can even be a criminal offence
· If the vehicle is unroadworthy – this occurs if its brakes, tyres, steering or construction make it unfit for the road. This will also be a criminal offence.
So on the assumption that the seller was reasonably informed of what issues the car had and bought it on this basis, there is very little chance that they can sue you for repairs and get compensation. Whilst there is nothing stopping them from trying their luck in court, they will have to prove that the car was misdescribed or that you had misled them about its condition to be able to take this any further.
This is your basic legal position. I have more detailed advice for you in terms of the legal rights you have should a claim be made, which I wish to discuss so please take a second to leave a positive rating for the service so far (by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars) and I can continue with that and answer any further questions you may have. Don’t worry, there is no extra cost and leaving a rating will not close the question and we can continue this discussion. Thank you