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Hello,I recently sold a car on eBay,the buyer paid thru PayPal,he

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Hello,I recently sold a car on eBay,the buyer paid thru PayPal,he collected car on Saturday,took it away with his friend driving,3days later I have a PayPal message demanding £200 pounds to repair back wheel bearings which he has been told by someone were "shot"after texting to find out more he says I miss sold car thru description and was liable for repair,which he had already done,he says he has his friend and father as witnesses that say I said bearings were ok.he has now filed a small claim in court,where do I stand ?
Are you a trader?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

FOR JOMO1972,no i am not a trader,just a private sale


What did you say about the condition of the car ?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

just the fact it was moted

What do you say about the wheel bearings?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

said i had done front bearings for mot,but back ones didnt need done for it,mot was last august

He is making allegations of misrepresentations. Unfortunately that does apply to private sales.

The SGA and its corresponding legislation doesn't apply to this type of sale. You are not a trader and so there is no requirement for goods to be fit for purpose.

There is a requirement that they conform to their description though. Obviously I haven't seen the description or the nature of the fault but if he can show the court that you said something untrue or misleading about the car at the time of sale then you are liable unfortunately.

To make out misrepresentation he has to show that you made some form of declaration which is either untrue or misleading that amounts to a term upon which he relied to induce him into buying. Mere silence alone would not be sufficient.

I'm sorry this isn't the answer you wanted but it is the position that you face and I have a duty to inform you truthfully.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

FOR JOMO1972,only description of car were in message he sent asking about roof and engine,from what iv read,i gathered he has to give me reasonable time to rectify any problem,since found out,he bought car on friday,picked it up from me on saturday,sunday left good feedback on ebay,"easy trasaction,good wee car",then tuesday demanding money for repairs,which is whe i texted him to find out more

Not for misrepresentation.

If he can show misrepresentation then he doesn't have to give you the opportunity to repair. That is under the SGA which doesn't relate to you anyway as you are not a dealer.