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The buyer has very few rights as they purchased from you as a private seller. The only responsibility you have is to answer any questions truthfully if asked, and not to describe the vehicle wrongly, so if you say it has full service history and it doesn't then the buyer can sue for misrepresentation. You would also have sell a roadworthy vehicle. The fact the buyer has now found faults is not your liability any more - you should reply to the buyer to say that they were happy, you did not misrepresent the vehicle and you were honest. If they do issue a small claim then you should defend it - the court will send you a response pack to fill out which lets you fill out a defence. You need to remind the buyer you are not a dealer so the Consumer Rights Act 2015 does not apply - rather basic contract rules apply only here.
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In relation to private car sales, like I say, it is basic contract rules under common law in the UK.
If they bought from a trader it would be the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which applies.
In your case it would be the Sale of Goods Act 1979 which applies but only if the car was not as described, not of adequate quality and not fit for purpose. You have a defence though as the buyer checked the car over, you did not mis-describe it, and you had the car for years with no problems (plus it is roadworthy with a valid MOT). He also test-drove the car. In my view he has no comeback here.
This link has a good summary: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/105951/your-rights-when-buying-a-used-car
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