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Hi all,


Need some advise in relation to a vehicle i sold.


I advertised the vehicle locally and had a chap come down to purchase the car. He came down, and had a look at the car. I suggested we start the car up and take it for a test drive.


The buyer was in a hurry and said it's fine and he is in a hurry.


We got down to the paperwork, i showed him everything i had, service history/timing belt reciepts etc.


He was happy with everything and we did the exchanged.


I get a call in the evening and he said that the mot certificate nor the full service history was in there. He advised that the history book wasnt fully stamped, i advised that alot of it was done private which i had said at the time and it is in reciepts. He said most of the recipets are not in there.


I was adament that everything was in the folder, but he was a nice fella so i said i will have a look at home incase it's been misplaced elsewhere. I couldnt find the latest MOT cert nor any further car papers, so i got a print out from the VOSA website of all the MOT's and advised him that i will pay for a replacement MOT certificate if it isnt in there.


The buyer want's none of it and want's a refund, which i can't give him as i've already purcahsed another car. The car itself he has no issues with, and his complain is that there is no MOT certificate or full history and he wants a refund.


Can anyone advise where i stand with this? he has a sent a letter advising he will go to trading standards? I'm a private seller so unsure as to what i can do?


All help appreciated guys.



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I suggest you read the following link (about halfway down the page)




So long as the vehicle was 'as described' you should be OK

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So he didn't ask to check the MOT, service history or V5C? His problem then. If you feel inclined, just post him a copy of the MOT. And unless you advertised it with full history, that should cover all your legal obligations.

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