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my dad has been tucked up I think.


He bought a rascal camper van (a little one) it was a PRIVATE SALE, from some little old lady who looked like butter wouldn't melt.


Anyway, she said and this is almost verbatim "this engine was a new engine build in 2007, and the car has only done about 400 miles since"


So, he handed over his cash and started driving around in his new toy, unfortunately he has been having problems


Got a mechanic in, who diagnosed the head gasket was gone, as well as the thermostat.


He has fitted a new head gasket, but now there is STILL water getting into the engine, so reckons the block has gone.


Also, he said looking at the radiator and other parts there was no way that this was a new engine in 2007.


Now I know this was a private sale, and I know my dad shouldn't have had his "rose tinted specs" on, but is there really anything he can do against what was a blatant lie?


thanks in advance, have been reading here for ages, but this is my first post.

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You should certainly make representations the seller about the fault and ask for your money back or contribution to the cost! your rights are limited as it is uo to the buyer to check and check again.

However if you have been mislead and the vehicle misrepresented, preferably in the add or in writing then you are entitled to your money back, and may have to take them to court. First course of action though is to contact the seller.

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The Sale of Goods Act does not apply in private sales, but your Dad does have protection from misrepresentation. If the seller told him the van had an engine rebuild in 2007 and this was untrue then that is a false statement of fact which has induced the contract.


More info on misrepresentation can be found here:



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  • 3 weeks later...

Don't you just hate it when someone with a question don't get back again after advice or requests for further information.

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