I've gotten myself in a real pickle, and was wondering if anybody could offer any advice on what do.
So a few months back I eyed a British registered vehicle abroad ( seen at a small time dealership still within the EU) for a really good price (less than 70% of it's current market value within the UK) . Before I bought the vehicle I performed a vehicle smart advanced check ( for which I paid 10 £ pounds for, comes with a 30 000£ guarantee) and it stated that everything is okay with the vehicle, not scrapped, not imported, no outstanding finance, etc. Since the cars interior was in bad shape, service was outstanding for a while, plastic broken underneath, worn out tires, it's right hand drive ( in a left hand drive country) and since the background check showed nothing wrong, the price seemed to make sense to me. I bought it, obtained the V5C form, insured the vehicle and took the vehicle back to Britain. For about 3 months now I had been driving with no issues or whatsoever, until I decided to visit an dealership to find out if I could part ex it, and what value it is. At the dealership they performed a quick check, and notified me that the vehicle still has outstanding finance on , they phoned up financial services and confirmed that this is not an error. The outstanding finance on the car is the full amount (more than 15 000 £), which they did not disclose to me since I am not the one the contract was written against, but I sort off put the two and two together with when the vehicle was purchased by the previous owner and when it was sold.
So I've gotten in touch with the financial services, explained the situation and they've sent me this innocent buyers questionnaire which I filled in truthfully/with all the requested documents. I am currently waiting to hear back from their solicitors...
Has anybody dealt with a situation like this? Is my car going to get confiscated?
Also, should I ( or a solicitor) get in touch with the people from Vehicle smart and attempt to make a claim? - the thing is , vehicle smart has explicitly stated in their terms and conditions ( financial checks done trough Expiration)that the car must have been purchased within the UK and must not have been purchased for a 'stupid amount of money' which is less than 70% ( which I did). This seems to disqualify me if I attempt to make a claim, but at the same time it does not make any sense, because the car is a British registered car, the check should have uncovered that there is outstanding finance on it, even if it was located in another country.
This has been a real headache for me , dealing with fraud investigators, and not being able to do anything with the car...