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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
When exactly did your son sell the van?
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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 certainly not be as extensive as if they had bought it from a dealer. The legal principle of ‘buyer beware’ applies, where the buyer needs to satisfy themselves that they are happy with the condition of the car before they purchase it.
In general, private vehicle sales would only provide the buyer with rights in the following circumstances:
If he does not believe that any of these apply, he does not have to issue a refund and can argue that he gave all the information he had at time of sale and was truthful about this issue. Therefore, the buyer was fully informed and also had the opportunity to check it out further before deciding on whether to buy it or not.
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