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I have a Chevrolet Captival registered in September 2012. Recently

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I have a Chevrolet Captival registered in September 2012. Recently the number 1 injector stuck open. The engine has done about 44,000 miles. Chevrolet do not want to contribute towards the repair cost.
Should this have happened at about 44,000 miles?
What advise can you give me, please?
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Did you buy it new?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It was 6 months old
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Nothing extra at moment, Jo
Did you buy from a dealer?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes and a Chevrolet dealer repaired it
I presume you are asking the selling dealer to doeal with this not the repairing?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The same dealer sold it and repaired it. They said I had to contact Chevrolet to ask for a contribution towards the cost of the repair that is £600.14. Chevrolet said because it is out side warrantee they would not contribute. The full story is that on Monday 23 November 2015 my Chevrolet Captiva broke down near J15 on the M6 which the RAC recovered for me.
The number 1 injector had stuck open filling the cylinder with fuel. The mileage is 44,391. The car was registered on 27/09/2012 and the warrantee ran out on 27/09/2015.
It may be out of warranty but you still have the protection of the Sale of Good Act.
When did you buy please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
March 2013
When was the repair?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
4 December 2015
Sorry for the delay.It is all very well for them to say the warranty has run out and indeed it may. That doesn't mean they can ignore your statutory rights.The original sale date was some 18 months ago now and, in fairness, it would be difficult to show that a fault existed at the time of sale. However, it is possible to put this case on that basis. This was an expensive vehicle that was only 6 months old at the time of sale and has developed a fairly substantial fault. That can indeed be to do with the manner of driving etc and it would be for you to show that it was their fault which is hard. That said, for £600 if you were to sue I would imagine they would just settle without arguing as it is not worth the manpower.You can also always complain to trading standards.Can I clarify anything for you?Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks JoCan any one say that 44,000 is not long for an injector to last, please?Regards, Eric
Not really.
It depends on variables such as manner of driving.
You do have the basis of an argument but it is quite unlikely there would be a blanket assertion that is too low.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Where do you suggest I go from here, please?
It depends if you are willing to sue.
I think I would send them a letter before action threatening to sue if they do not pay as you can always resile from that.
It might work. Might not.
If it doesn't then you will have to decide whether you are prepared to sue. It isn't exoensive to do that as it is a small claims court sum.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks Jo
I'll start with a letter. If no joy, I'll consider the Small Claims Court.
Where do I go for The Small Claims Court, please?
It is very easy to do.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the advice and help Jo. I'll get on to it ASAP next week
No problem and all the best.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks Jo
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Np problem.Final question - Is there a template for a letter any where that I could use?
Not really but it is really simple.
Just send them a letter saying that you bought this car on X date, it was repaired on Y date and is now exhibiting these problems.
This has cost you X amount for which you hold them responsible. If they do not pay within 7 days of the date of the letter you will seek to recover at the small claims court plus costs and interest.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Many thanksWill doHave a relaxing W/E
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