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Took Deposit on Car But change of mind

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  • 01-10-2011 6:27pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭


    Had 8 calls today for a car I have for sale 1st person arrived after I just advertised it:D After an 1hr standing in rain while he tests it etc he agrees to buy it.Took deposit on car and he agreed to give me rest in a week.During this hr outside I had lots of calls regarding car.Told them it was sold and removed ad.Now got a call from buyer saying he forgot the babys pram and it might not fit in the boot:confused: Do I have to return his deposit?:(
    Thanks


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,822 ✭✭✭✭EPM


    I had something similar happen me recently. I kept the €200 I took. Cost me time and diesel so I told them straight out no one else would see the car until sale. They couldn't get the money together so not my problem.

    Now, if they had given more than that I would have returned some. How much was deposit?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 35 Well hung


    Give it back, if it was the other way around you'd want it back. By the sounds of it you will have no problem selling the car.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,724 ✭✭✭tallaghtmick


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    Had 8 calls today for a car I have for sale 1st person arrived after I just advertised it:D After an 1hr standing in rain while he tests it etc he agrees to buy it.Took deposit on car and he agreed to give me rest in a week.During this hr outside I had lots of calls regarding car.Told them it was sold and removed ad.Now got a call from buyer saying he forgot the babys pram and it might not fit in the boot:confused: Do I have to return his deposit?:(
    Thanks

    Tell him to come back and trial the pram in the boot,I fit a huge pram into a hatch civic so it shouldnt be a problem,although you should return the deposit if it doesnt fit as you seem to have enough interest in the car just readvertise and say that buyer backed out due to boot space for pram.


  • Registered Users Posts: 73,454 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm


    You don't have to but you really should. Get him to call up with the pram tomorrow and see if it fits. Tell him if he gets to You by tomorrow you can return his deposit if it doesn't fit. Otherwise you're readvertising the car and keeping the deposit.

    Bear in mind a lot of wasters ring donedeal ads. Here is a guy who actually agreed to a price and left a deposit. Just because you had lots of calls doesn't mean anyone else would have taken it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭Bettyboop


    EPM wrote: »
    I had something similar happen me recently. I kept the €200 I took. Cost me time and diesel so I told them straight out no one else would see the car until sale. They couldn't get the money together so not my problem.

    Now, if they had given more than that I would have returned some. How much was deposit?

    €300 with a balance of €700


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,106 ✭✭✭✭TestTransmission


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    .Now got a call from buyer saying he forgot the babys pram and it might not fit in the boot

    What's the car?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,544 ✭✭✭Hogzy


    Take your expenses out of it. Such as cost of the fuel to meet him and the cost of the advert that you took down that you will have to repost. Thats only fair. You're not legally obliged to return one cent of it though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭Bettyboop


    Well hung wrote: »
    Give it back, if it was the other way around you'd want it back. By the sounds of it you will have no problem selling the car.

    So I turned away potential buyers for nothing and stood in rain for nothing too?
    Plus removed my ad that I just put up for €3 as well?And have to start the whole process again:mad:


  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭Bettyboop


    Tell him to come back and trial the pram in the boot,I fit a huge pram into a hatch civic so it shouldnt be a problem,although you should return the deposit if it doesnt fit as you seem to have enough interest in the car just readvertise and say that buyer backed out due to boot space for pram.

    cant try pram as its in Croatia for the next week with his wife
    so what am I supposed to do?Wait another week and lose more potential buyers while we wait his wife's return
    and if the pram don't fit ?Another week and I cant purchase a car till he decides?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,724 ✭✭✭tallaghtmick


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    So I turned away potential buyers for nothing and stood in rain for nothing too?
    Plus removed my ad that I just put up for €3 as well?And have to start the whole process again:mad:

    This stuff happens im afraid just remember its a person with a baby and probably cant afford to lose that money.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,822 ✭✭✭✭EPM


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    €300 with a balance of €700

    On a low value car I'd give that big a percentage back.


  • Posts: 23,339 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    €300 with a balance of €700


    You got 8 calls and want to keep a €300 deposit on a €1000 car, and you reckon the €3 add is a deciding factor. Unreal.

    At least give them back €200.

    €100 more than covers you for standing in the rain for an hour (why you didn't sit in the car is beyond me)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,724 ✭✭✭tallaghtmick


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    cant try pram as its in Croatia for the next week with his wife

    Hmmm thats a strange one alright,I would give back half then.


  • Registered Users Posts: 677 ✭✭✭CarMe


    Give back 297 if the three euro means that much to you. You've had a lot of interest you said yourself, it would just be greedy to keep it!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,544 ✭✭✭Hogzy


    CarMe wrote: »
    it would just be greedy to keep it!!
    Hmmm thats a strange one alright,I would give back half then.
    RoverJames wrote: »
    You got 8 calls and want to keep a €300 deposit on a €1000 car, and you reckon the €3 add is a deciding factor. Unreal.
    This stuff happens im afraid just remember its a person with a baby and probably cant afford to lose that money.

    I dont really get why people are shocked that OP is considering keeping the deposit.
    If i put money down on a car and then changed my mind i wouldnt expect the deposit back. The purchaser should have had all his particulars in order and should have been a little more informed before being stupid enough to put down a €300 deposit on a €1000 car. He has paid 30% of the purchase price and wasted valuable time. Plus the OP has turned down other offers.

    OP i would keep the money until the car is sold. Then return the deposit minus your costs. That will teach him to waste your time and others. People cant go entering contracts and then backing out because they have been careless. Thats not how the world works. Its immaterial whether he has a child or not. Most people have children.


  • Posts: 23,339 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Hogzy wrote: »
    ......... Plus the OP has turned down other offers.

    .............


    Did they :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭Bettyboop


    CarMe wrote: »
    Give back 297 if the three euro means that much to you. You've had a lot of interest you said yourself, it would just be greedy to keep it!!
    Think I will ring him and tell him he can have his deposit back
    don't need this mess.:mad:


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,544 ✭✭✭Hogzy


    RoverJames wrote: »
    Did they :confused:

    Well he said he received 8 phone calls and said the car was sold. So yeah he turned down potential buyers


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,240 ✭✭✭Oral Surgeon


    Give it back and move on


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭Gophur


    Hogzy wrote: »
    CarMe wrote: »
    it would just be greedy to keep it!!
    Hmmm thats a strange one alright,I would give back half then.
    RoverJames wrote: »
    You got 8 calls and want to keep a €300 deposit on a €1000 car, and you reckon the €3 add is a deciding factor. Unreal.
    This stuff happens im afraid just remember its a person with a baby and probably cant afford to lose that money.

    I dont really get why people are shocked that OP is considering keeping the deposit.
    If i put money down on a car and then changed my mind i wouldnt expect the deposit back. The purchaser should have had all his particulars in order and should have been a little more informed before being stupid enough to put down a €300 deposit on a €1000 car. He has paid 30% of the purchase price and wasted valuable time. Plus the OP has turned down other offers.

    OP i would keep the money until the car is sold. Then return the deposit minus your costs. That will teach him to waste your time and others. People cant go entering contracts and then backing out because they have been careless. Thats not how the world works. Its immaterial whether he has a child or not. Most people have children.

    I cannot understand all those who seem to think a deposit is fully refundable.

    This sounds like buyer's remorse. He rang the better half, she f-ked him out of it and now he wants out.

    The idea, above, is a good one. Keep the deposit until the car is sold and take out any extra expenses or losses when done.

    If you place a deposit you should do so on the knowledge it's not redundable.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 81,220 ✭✭✭✭biko


    Do the right thing, you know what it is.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,478 ✭✭✭✭bucketybuck


    Sounds like a lot of people don't actually understand the point of a deposit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,964 ✭✭✭Sitec


    Whats the point in anyone paying a deposit if they just change their mind and get it back.

    Defeats the whole purpose of the deposit in the first place.

    The pram being too big for the boot is a load of crap IMO.

    Buyers remorse or a wife wearing the pance more like it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭aN.Droid


    Karma is a bitch. I would give back the deposit minus the re-advertising fee and a few quid for your time. say, 30 euro in total, 10%. Or do as has already been said and keep the deposit until the car is sold as you have turned away prospective buyers.


  • Posts: 23,339 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Hogzy wrote: »
    Well he said he received 8 phone calls and said the car was sold. So yeah he turned down potential buyers

    Oh right, I thought you said they turned down offers


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,724 ✭✭✭tallaghtmick


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    Think I will ring him and tell him he can have his deposit back
    don't need this mess.:mad:

    Tell him he has to come see you though dont entertain him if he wants you to meet him halfway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 82,539 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn
    M


    If you advertised it for X and the buyer offered X-Y for it and you still got lots of calls I would give him back his full deposit and seek X for the car again, you know it will sell easy at that price. If he offered X I would subtract €50 for expenses, tell him you turned down offers and you know will likely have the car another week before next depositor has full cash.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,142 ✭✭✭pm.


    Bettyboop wrote: »
    €300 with a balance of €700


    If the car is going for 1k and he left you with 300 I would return the cash.... id say it took him a while to save up that


  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    Looking at it from a different perspective, if someone is spending 1k on a car then money is tight. You don't have to but do the decent thing.
    The car sounds like it will sell quite easily (based on the volume of calls) and you aren't going to be out of pocket by much and what else were you going to be doing given the crappy weather? Personally, if I was selling a car then I would want to spend as much time with her before we parted!


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  • Posts: 23,339 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Sounds like a lot of people don't actually understand the point of a deposit.

    In fairness we all understand how a deposit works but many of us don't like profiting from others loss if there's no real need for it.


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