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second hand car faults

Posted by diablo134 - Created: 6 years ago
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Posted by GAnthony - 6 years ago

When buying a second-hand vehicle, it is important to examine the results of the last Control Technique.    On the CT document will be noted items that in themselves would not cause the CT to fail, but are visible there.   An example would be worn brakes/discs, which at the time of testing were passing, but will need replacing, perhaps quite soon.   Also items such as leaking radiator or rusty exhaust will also be noted.   As has been said, a careful inspection of the vehicle is very necessary, and perhaps taking a friend along to help in this regard would be an excellent idea. 

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Posted by diablo134 - 6 years ago

Thanks for the reply.

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Posted by laughingboy-409220 - 6 years ago

If you are thinking of a Vice Cache, and if you bought from a private individual not a garage - no, you would have to prove the seller knew about it and didn't disclose it, and also that it wasn't something that a buyer should have spotted yourself when making a reasonably careful inspection of the vehicle. If the buyer sold the car in good faith they cannot be prosecuted, so it's up to the buyer to prove to a judge (if it comes to it) that they weren't in good faith. How scary would it be, if every time someone sold a car they risked being prosecuted for something that they knew nothing about!

However, some people do still have consciences so if the car has developed a serious fault, you could ring the buyer up and discuss it with them. It's possible, though rather unlikely, that they will have a pang of conscience and feel obliged to contribute towards the repair.

If you bought the car from a garage then you have more chance of comeback.