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Hi,

 

 

I've been having issues with my car for a while now and it's newest fault is the filter - £1700 to replace!

 

 

The garage has cleaned it, but there is no guarantee it will last. I therefore want to get rid of the car asap.

 

 

If I sell it or part exchange it with a dealer, can they come back to me weeks later when they spot the problem and demand I fix or pay for it? The filter may be fixed there is no guarantee . .

 

 

Another option I have is to voluntarily cancel the contract with the car finance people. I have to wait 5 more months to do this. Can they charge me for returning a 'broken' car? The filter issue is wear and tear as far as I am concerned but I'm not 100% sure they will see it this way . .

 

 

Any advice you can give would be great

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no, there is no comeback if you trade it in.

 

 

Another option would be webuyanycar.com although I believe they can be disappointing...

 

 

 

Failing that, sell it at British Car auctions 'as seen'.

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Hi Rook. Have you taken the car for a motorway speeds drive, this can regenerate the filter.

 

 

 

I've heard that. The problem has only started since we moved and changed our driving habits - less motorway driving now.

 

 

no, there is no comeback if you trade it in.

 

Another option would be webuyanycar.com although I believe they can be difficult...

 

Failing that, sell it at British Car auctions 'as seen'.

 

 

 

I am surprised there is no comeback for dealers. I was thinking about webuyanycar . .

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I assume its the DPF..? I also assume that you do lots of short journeys? Once a week you need to take it for a blast down the motorway to get it to regenerate.

 

VT'ing the car could leave a mrker on your CRA?

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Yeah, DPF. I worry about regenerating it myself as it could cong out and leave me stranded miles away from home . .

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Take it for a good blast down the motorway for about 10 miles in a lower gear without red lining it keeping the revs high. That will probably clear the fault and save £1700.

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Get the filter removed and the DPF software turned off in the ECU search google there are loads of places to get it done £300 ish. If thats all thats wrong with the car and your otherwise happy with it, its just a one off fee.

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Laws which say things like goods must be 'satisfactory quality' only apply when the seller is a business. The dealer would only have a legal comeback if you made what is called a misrepresentation - for example, if you told the dealer you don't know of any problems with the car knowing that there is a problem.

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Get the filter removed and the DPF software turned off in the ECU search google there are loads of places to get it done £300 ish. If thats all thats wrong with the car and your otherwise happy with it, its just a one off fee.

 

The law has been changed now, if your car should have a DPF and it has been removed, it will never pass an MOT again

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If you trade it in dont worry there is no comeback, the dealer will buy as is, most bigger dealers will just auction it anyway, if its diesel you can try a cleaner called Forte, its trade stuff used to clean the entire fuel system, get it off eBay for about £11 its the best cleaner I've used.

 

Many garages use this to clear faults with the fuel system and then charge you a fortune.......

 

That is correct if the guts are pulled from the DPF it will past the MOT ok, they are nothing but a money spinner and a joke.

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DPF's can block on even new vehicles. I've seen a new van with less than 100 miles in the clock with a blocked DPF. This is because it's used for maintenance in hospital grounds and never goes off site. Blocked DPF's are not covered under warranty.

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DPF's can block on even new vehicles. I've seen a new van with less than 100 miles in the clock with a blocked DPF. This is because it's used for maintenance in hospital grounds and never goes off site. Blocked DPF's are not covered under warranty.

 

 

They are and should be as the systems are designed to detect and self regenerate!!!

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4th gear 70mph for 10 mins will sort it. stupid sending a car back when its your fault its clogging. im sure somewhere in the handbook it advises motorway driving every so often.

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