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When did you purchase the vehicle and Do you believe the critical issue was there before it was sold to you
The law in question which can assist you is the sales of goods act. Which states products sold must be fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. However given the time period between sale and the point you noticed the defect the onus shifts to you to prove that the defect was there at the time of sale and thus the vehicle was not of satisfactory quality
In order to obtain such proof you will need an engineer report to state this position. Therefore I suggest you seek to obtain one in order to support your argument because the traders standpoint is the vehicle was sold to you was free from any defects
If you can prove your argument then you can seek repairs to the defect at no costs to you.
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In the absence of sight of your contract If the car is handed back and they detect the fault they could charge you for it which may be a lot more expensive than your local repairer may charge.
Hence it is important to consider getting a report done on your vehicle
A report from a car mechanic which details the fault of the car the price to fix and whether the fault was something that has been there before you received it