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  1. I totally agree, its disgraceful! Thank you, but I'd rather pay the remainder on my credit card and keep my values intact!
  2. Thank you Bankfodder. I have taken all of your advice onboard, and although I believe I would be awarded the funds offered by the dealer it isn't a substantial amount of money. Therefore, I have decided its not worth the prolonged stress of continuing this complaint any further for a small amount of money and out of principle. I have just booked it in to have the bonnet resprayed next month, as I feel I need to get it done before the winter sets in. I am so thankful for all of your time and advice, which you have given even though this is a minor case. So, I have just made a donation. Many thanks again.
  3. I would have accepted the above offer due to the added stress of having to the deal with this man long term. I’m fact, if it wasn’t for the appalling customer service throughout the correspondence (regardless of my poor handling of the situation) before this offer was made, I would likely have accepted it in the first instance. Considering the dealer has attempted to misrepresent our communications by way of posting select correspondence named as responses, posting comments that contradict himself, state he had instructed a solicitor for slander, and that the content of this feed constitutes libellous defamation, I do think he would have behaved in this manner regardless, had I not accepted the offers which suited him better. Whilst I understand many would have let this go and just accepted the dealers offers, I have explained on this thread why I have always wished to keep the car. Besides which, all apart from the one he wanted from the start would have cost me considerable time and expense. For which the car not being as described was not of my doing. As stated, I am happy with the car apart from this issue. I expected the odd little stone chip here and there on the front edge of the bonnet on the car. I had my old Golf almost 20 years which had high mileage, and the bonnet condition was similar to what had been marketed on this one. The defects clearly advertised by the dealer were very minimal, expected on a used car and would not have needed any intervention. Whereas the actual bonnet requires respraying to ensure it is not peppered with little rust spots in the longer term. If anyone does read this thread in the future, other than the very helpful advice given by the site team, I would recommend the following: 1. Gather all information concerning your issue, including costs and your specific Consumer Rights before further contact with a dealer, and try to take a step back before responding to anything. Seems like common sense, but when you are upset its not that simple. 2. Do not place too much weight on reviews wherever they are posted. Most people don’t leave reviews, and many don’t feel comfortable leaving bad ones. Additionally, bad ones are open to being misrepresented by a company’s response. A company may well be predominately reputable and have some great reviews. However, think about what could happen should you respond emotionally, and not wish to accept offers which could be either what the dealer wants to ensure no negative reviews are left, or weighted to be the most convenient options for the dealer. 3. Do not assume that the AA (or any other reputable organisation) approved dealerships are necessarily any better than other dealerships. Trustpilot appears to have many horror stories in relation to 'approved dealers', and not just small ones such as this. 4. If you should ever want to stand up for your rights and seek advice online, try not to reply to or be swayed by Trolls; it is always possible that they could even be the dealer signing up with another email address and posing as someone else in the first place. 5. Whilst reputable mediators have training and experience, they are not legal experts and can only tell you what they think in any given situation. As BankFodder pointed out concerning the AA; they are a decent and reputable organisation, but they are risk averse. One of the best pieces of advice I was given was to arrange for a used car to be checked over by an expert you trust. Lastly, in this case I believe that overall, this dealer provides good cars and appears to be reputable. However, should you ever have to put in a complaint and not accept the offers provided, be very careful as you could end up in a very unpleasant and stressful fight. Apologies for another long winded post, I just want to be of help to others through my experience.
  4. The AA mediator returned my call and has stated that they can not help any further through mediation. The dealer is not willing to amend the conditions he attached to the offer, and has made it clear this was his final offer.
  5. Thank you BankFodder. Wow! I guess that in a case of a dealer is selling unroadworthy cars/death traps they would be prepared to go as far as threats. Update: I refused the above offer on Wednesday, stating that I would have accepted it had it not been without the attached conditions and with the added conditions as you advised above. I have now had the car looked over by an independent I trust, and as I expected it appears to be ok. The only issue was a couple of loose bolts on the drive shaft, which they said someone probably forgot to tighten when replaced. So, thank you so much again for advising me to have the car looked over. Although not the fault of the dealer, this could have potentially caused an accident if I had waited until the M.O.T. next June.
  6. Update: The dealer has now offered the further £112.50 via the mediation service, as full and final settlement. However, the conditions attached are that I remove all libellous defamation comments from this site and leave no negative comments anywhere else. I am not aware that I have made any such comments, as defamatory comments have to be false surely?!
  7. I agree, you were polite during your call about this after I had called and highlighted this issue to your wife immediately after the delivery man reversed it onto my drive, handed me the documentation and left. However, I fail to see how your other correspondence and comments on here are respectful. You did tell me it would cost £150 for you and likely £200 for me here. I’m afraid the invoice you sent was contradictory. I had explained that I was grocery shopping when you called. When I saw the missed call upon my return, I decided it was better not to call you back after I made the mistake of accepting £150 based upon your word of what it would cost. In hindsight, I should have checked out what it would cost first. I can initially be a little naïve when it comes to believing things I am told, as I tend to judge people based upon my own values. Rightly, or wrongly I decided it better to communicate via email from that point. I did respond to the email instructing me the £150 had been transferred to which I stated thank you, but I have yet to get prices for it. You did not offer me ¾ of the cost of the repair in the first email, you offered: 1; Refund us the £150 I sent you then bring the car back and have a day out in Lincoln, it’s a beautiful place to visit we have one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe (used in the hit film the da Vinci code) the castle is stunning and the cathedral quarter has some lovely places to shop and eat we also have a large Primark We will drop you to get the train into Lincoln central and whilst you shop and eat we will get the bonnet painted for you we will give you an additional £20 towards food and fuel on us and then collect you in the afternoon and you can drive you car home with the newly painted bonnet. 2; Accept a full refund for the car and we will collect it next week 3; Accept the fact that it is a 10 year old car with 117000 miles it does have stone chips, we didn’t deliberately mislead you, we did send you £150 towards the repairs and pay half your delivery so buy yourself a Genuine colour pen for the car (£15) touch the chips in with the right colour and spend the rest on a spa day I’m unsure why you feel #3 in particular is relevant or respectful. For you to do the repair would have been a considerable inconvenience for me in terms of time and money. The £20 offered for lunch and petrol would not compensate for this. I could ill afford the time and petrol money to bring the car back to you. Whilst I understand you and your wife do not have the time to do this as you have businesses and children etc, I also have similar commitments and there is only one of me. As mentioned in my earlier comment on this feed, you only offered me the further contribution later after I had emailed you with my Consumer Rights and sent you photos. Before this you did not wish to negotiate any further. I had not received any further advice before I decided to accept the further £112.50 contribution if it were still an option or stated that I am happy about it. As mentioned, this is only due to the time and stress of this. Please may I request that you formally respond via the mediation service with this offer.
  8. I do feel now that I would like to comment on some points raised on some of the posts on this feed: Although I found the appearance and comments from Zac to be rather strange, I have not left a scathing review; I was merely seeking some advice as I have never been in this situation before and did not know what to do. The information I have provided is factual, transparent, and comprehensive. The pdf I posted of full correspondence, screenshots with text on (and to clarify direct quotations from the video walk round), and photographs of the bonnet show this. The emails and comments posted by the dealer do not constitute the full facts of the situation as he stated, and it makes me feel sick that I have repeatedly been called a bully and a blackmailer (via correspondence and forum comments) throughout this. Additionally, the 4th email posted by the dealer which he named as the response to the email above it was not the response I received to it. I have made it clear from the start that I wish to keep the car and only wanted it in the condition as advertised. Upon receipt of my first email concerning my complaint (not the best email, I know), it was very clear that the dealer wanted the car back. His response to this was a WhatsApp message which ended in “To be frank I don’t want to sell some one a car that insults and then blackmails me”. This was also the only option provided which would not cost me considerable time or expense. Although it would still have left me without a car (and having to resume my search), as my old Golf was due to be collected by a private buyer. Also, this was the only option offered without sarcastic and/or patronising comments attached. This is of course only my personal opinion and I am aware that I may not be fully objective on this point, but I felt bullied into doing what the dealer wanted. Whilst I understand my initial email was quite conflict orientated, and that I have not dealt with this situation well, I don’t believe it excuses the responses I received. I am at a loss to see how this is above and beyond in terms of customer service. As the dealer pointed out, I did state that the car was in fantastic condition for its year (the interior is fantastic for the year), apart from the bonnet of course. The car has most likely done predominately motorway miles which would account for the bonnet. There are minor issues which also don’t match up with the video walk round. Namely, a tiny dent in the rear wheel arch, which is barely even noticeable, several paint chips around one of the doors, the odd stone chip elsewhere, the alloy wheels are in good condition, but not absolutely pristine as most were described as (I had assumed maybe these has been reconditioned), the rear loading strip is heavily marked all the way across, but the paintwork not affected. However, all of these I feel are minor in a 10 year old car. Upon reflection ‘great’ may have been a better representation than ‘fantastic' on my comment. During my initial phone complaint, I was told that I was the first customer to complain in over 50 cars (can’t recall the exact number but remember it being in the 50’s) to which I said that I felt bad about, later it was 300… I never asked for £150. As mentioned before, I accepted this offer over the phone after the dealer had told me that I would not be able to get a stone chip repair company to rectify, as “there are hundreds,” and that it would need respraying. He told me that it would cost him £150 (did not mention plus V.A.T) and that it might cost me £200 here. I was confused by the pricing structure mentioned (from the chap he has previously told me he has used for his body work repairs for years) as this appeared to be an invoice, which I assumed was for another car’s repairs. The total cost was over £1,000. It stated £180 for a bonnet repair and paint (vandal damage, small repair or paint correction) and on the second page V.A.T was added. If this is correct this would surely equate to a total cost of £216 for the bonnet, but of course I could be wrong. Not inclusive of the cost of collecting and delivering the car back to me, as I have been informed that this should not be of inconvenience or cost to me. I asked for a larger contribution as initially I was led to believe it would cost me £50 and a little inconvenience. Only after I stated the specific consumer rights (which I had Googled over the weekend) and sent the dealer photos of the bonnet did he offer me a further £112.50 for this. In hindsight I could have specified a figure, and that I still did not expect the blended wings to be paid for. Before this, the dealer stated that he did not wish to negotiate any further and to take the car back to him to paint or they will refund and collect. Upon seeking more specific advice on Monday I was informed of my full rights in this circumstance. It is certainly not a case of changing my mind because I wanted a brand new bonnet etc. and I disagree that the dealer kept his "kool" and replied respectfully throughout, as I do not consider sarcastic and derogatory comments throughout as respectful. The warranty is a 6 month bronze package from Warranty Wise in this case, which I believe is the only option for a car over 100,000 miles. I’m unsure as to the significance of the dealer counting 14 stone chips, but maybe this was on one of the photos close to the edge of the bonnet. I have not zoomed in, merely taken a photos of different areas of the bonnet. You can gauge the size on the photos which are closer to the front headlight area. Also, again this issue is not about the size of the stone chips, which do vary in size throughout, it is about the sheer amount across the bonnet not being as described. I did state that these were difficult to see in sunlight or at a distance. However, upon reflection I should have stated more clearly i.e. direct sunshine. I believe 2 or 3 were pointed out on the front edge of the bonnet in the video walk round. In which the dealer stated "Body work is absolutely stunning for the year, with only very minor age related marks, which we’ll point out as we walk round… Bonnet; no scratches, no dents, no damage. If we look closely, we might find the odd little stone chip here and there that have been touched in, little one there, very difficult to see. Little one there, look. So, it's got the odd little stone chip on the front of the bonnet edge, apart from that it's very very clean." There are not over 30 emails about this, there are 12 and 11 WhatsApp messages (inclusive of the 2 photos of the body shop invoice). From what I understand about mediation, its purpose is to negotiate to resolve an issue as timely and smoothly as possible. The last emails from the dealer stated that they had no choice but to take legal advice and pass all their correspondence to Lawgistics. With a formal retraction of all previous offers except returning the car to them for a refund, which would be my responsibility. This also informed me of the AA ADR. Followed by one stating “My apologies I forgot to include the phone number for the legal team… Bonnie is the team leader should you wish to escalate to the highest level. Please note that on taking further advice we are under no obligation to offer a refund for the vehicle.” The dealer also stated “our car” at the end of one of his posts which is odd. It is legally my car which was purchased online in good faith. Bankfodder’s recent comment concerning the AA does not indicate he is saying the AA does not know what they are talking about. Lastly, I am also unsure as to why anyone would want to deliberately add stone chips to their newly purchased car, or indeed how. Is this even possible?
  9. Thank you Bankfodder, your knowledge and advice are very valuable. I have taken the car to a few independent body shops in my area who are all of the same opinion, although I told them what was stated by the dealer, they have not seen the video walk round. So, if necessary, an independent to assess both the car bonnet and the advertisement is very helpful piece of advice. As I stated to the dealer, I was happy to continue to search for a cheaper price. I have since found a couple of body shops who will do the works at a slightly cheaper price. I have only received advice concerning my Consumer Rights on this, which I sought after correspondence with the dealer. I was informed that this falls under “Public statements such as those in advertising or on labelling, made by the trader, the producer or their representative about the vehicle, must be accurate.” Additionally, that irrespective of initially accepting £150 and rejecting a refund, the remedies must not be of inconvenience to me and must constitute full cost of rectifying the issue. However, I was not aware of how a Court would assess the issue or indeed the rewards process. This has helped me gain a greater perspective from an objective viewpoint. I have never wanted anything but the car in the condition as described, if I could get the bonnet resprayed leaving it in the condition as advertised I would do so. I have also been told that a colour match can not be guaranteed and advised to blend into the wings. This is a further cost I was not aware of, and do not expect the dealer to pay for this as I thought that only fair. As it turned out my contribution would amount to over £180, when I was led to believe I was going to be contributing £50. I do of course have the option of getting the bonnet sprayed with no blending into the wings, but don’t want this to be glaringly obvious, so currently unsure. I’m sure many would have just sent the car back. However, on this occasion I had a specific model I was searching for due to reading up on MK6 Golfs (VW Golf 1.4TSI Match) within a certain budget. I was seeking a minimum of two owners (ideally one), full service history, great condition for year and a dealer with great Google reviews. This one was the closest to me I had found, and the video walk round sold it to me straight away. I thought I was just lucky or it was meant to be considering it had been on the market since June. I have now also arranged to have the car to be checked over next week for peace of mind upon your advice. Update: I called the AA mediation team first thing Friday morning to accept the extra contribution of £112.50 from the dealer, should this still be on the table. I decided that the time spent and the stress this was causing was too much. I have not heard anything back yet but will keep you posted.
  10. Thank you. Oh and I haven't had the car inspected, I just paid for a car check online for details of the latest M.O.T as I didn't have it.
  11. I understand where you are coming from Bankfodder, and agree that I have not handled the situation well from the start. This I told the mediator. The information I have posted is factual, all I was looking for was some advice. The dealer has not posted the all correspondence on here, so I have uploaded a pdf with all correspondence, video screenshots and photos of the bonnet. car correspondence and photos etc.pdf
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