Not sure if anyone can help here but we need some advice on what, if anything we can do about the following situation:
In 2008 we decided to move to France for a period of time and bought a new LHD 4x4 (or so we thought) as this was going to be most useful for renovations/towing etc.
Anyway we bought the car from a LHD garage in Hindhead which I believe has since gone out of business. They sourced the Hyundai for us as we wanted to ensure it was a 4x4 model. The car was in Germany and had been registered for 1 day there (no idea why only one day but something to do with port of entry into Europe). The car was at a dealership and had only been used as a demonstrator we were told and it had 1,200 miles on the clock.
The car duly arrived and looked fine, it was registered on UK plates and the documents all said first registered 2008 - so we paid for the car and have had 3 years of happy motoring so no problems there. In France we re-registered onto French plates as is the law and again no issues.
So 3 years later we have returned to the UK and driving a LHD car on the wrong side of the road isn't my idea of fun so we thought we would sell it. A reputable LHD dealer offered us a price for the car but when we sent through the documentation with the VIN number so that he could start the paperwork he came back and said the car was in fact a 2005. As there is a 5 in the VIN - so presumably it had been sat somewhere for a couple of years before arriving in Germany. Needless to say he has now valued the car downwards considerably.
We are not sure where to turn next - we purchased the car in good faith it had been registered in the UK on an 08 plate so surely that should be used for the age of the car or at the least 07 (although we have no papers relating to that registration). I have never in my life checked a VIN when buying a car except to check it was the same as the documentation. Would appreciate some advice on what we can do.