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Hi everyone,


I really would like peoples expertise in a matter I am currently dealing with.


Basically I bought a 2nd hand car from a dealership the end of June and it was described as the perfect car, reliable etc. There was no mention of any any problems whatsoever but within a couple of weeks it had a bad oil leak. I had this repaired and the person who repaired it said the oil filter was badly corroded.


A few days later I took it for an MOT and it failed badly. Apparently there is excessive corrosion under the car and the person who done the test said as he was touching it his hand was going straight through it. His words were "the underneath of the car was rotten and far too dangerous to pass".


There were other problems also ie the drop link had snapped, a tyre was not fitted properly, the tread on a tyre was not legal and the break pipe was excessively corroded.


I contacted the dealership who sold me the car and he is now trying to say the car was sold to me as a part exchange trade clearance and was "sold as seen", which this was not mentioned in the advert for the car.


Rather than offer me a refund he has gave me some rather absurd advice saying if I scrap the car I can make more money than what the car is worth or I can go and basically pay for all these repairs myself which I darent even think about how much all of this would cost.


I have contacted Trading Standards but I havnt been told whether I can definately do something about as I have to wait 14 days to see if the dealer will give me a refund (which hes already pointed out he wont) but I believe I have a very strong case to take this matter to court so could I please have some advice on whether people think I am right in taking action.


The car im referring to is a 54 plate Mazda 6, I paid 900 cash for it. In the sale there was no mention of warranty.


I appreciate any help youse guys could offer I have asked people prior to this but im getting mixed messages

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Yes, send it Recorded Delivery.


I have bee emailing him and he is refusing a refund, should i now sent the rejection letter to his registered address?
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Thanks for your responses. I stated the road traffic act to him and here is the reply I got

You bought a ten year old car.

Wiper blades and tyres are consumable items

The drop link is a common failure due to speed humps. They cost about £11 and fasten with two bolts

The car is good and you were delighted with it initially and wrote to say so.

We had Mazda 6 with a rust patch near the near side rear wheel. This failed MOT and we had it welded for £40.


Asking for a full refund is not reasonable. You bought the car at a trade price and there was very,very little profit in it.


As I said previously if there was any manoeuvre then I would try to help but there is nothing to give.



He has missed out the parts about the break pipe, tyre fitted incorrectly and illegal tyre.

Since this message I have tried to get part refund but still awaiting a response.


I should have been dubious about price I do agree but its the first times iv brought from a dealer (normally go private which to be honest iv had better luck that way) and I thought he was just after a quick sale which he did say was why it was reduced, not because it was trade clearance or sold as seen etc, I have learned a valuable lesson from this but theres many people out there like me who dont really have any knowledge and its not fair on us to be treat this way.

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You are doing this all wrong. Write by recorded deliver listing the faults and rejecting the car for a full refund.

Tell him he has 14 days to make a full refund or you will take it through the courts.



Don't bother threatening the courts if you aren't willing to ist.

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