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16-08-2014, 14:39   #1
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Bought a dodgy car...

I really need advise..

In May this year, we bought a 00 1.4 Golf. We new when buying that it needed a few small jobs done (no NCT, water pump + timing belt done recently plus serviced - according to the ad), but after initial inspection and bargaining, we got the car for €650 (asking price €800). It drove perfect for 2 weeks, then the valves in the engine went. We replaced the engine (cheapest option) and the car was still not right. The mechanic said all the bulbs from the dash were removed. You know the lights that appear on the dash if the oil is low etc. The seller removed these so on initial inspection, they wouldn't come on.

We then sent the car to our local garage. He told us the amount of issues with the car was not worth the amount of money we would have to spend. He gave us a list of about 20 different codes, which the car shouldn't have. For example, the spark plugs were all different, apparently they are supposed to be the same?

Anyway, my question is.... What come back do i have here? The seller was a complete cowboy. We are out of pocket by €1150 and still no car..
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Did you buy the car privately or from a dealer?

If it's from a dealer, then you might have had a guarantee and therefore some comeback. If you bought the car privately? No comeback, I'm afraid. Caveat Emptor - the car was bought as seen...

Why didn't you take a mechanic with you when you viewed the car? A water pump for a Golf isn't exactly small and is pretty expensive to replace.
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if you bought privately these is no comeback.
you could sell it for scrap, doesn't sound as though it would be worth bringing up to nct standard.
bad luck though.
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A 13 year old car with no NCT would be a big red flag to me, I'm afraid...
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We were just looking for a cheap run-around car to last a few months. It was the one time we didn't bring a mechanic with us. I've bought privately several times and never had an issue like this.
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I text the seller yesterday asking him for the name and number of the 'mechanic' who did the work on the car, no response.
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The issue with the spark plugs isn't with the seller, if you had a new engine fitted. Unless the person fitting the engine changed them over which would be bad form not to notice on his behalf. With regard to all of the fault codes, they should be erased and rechecked in a week or 2 to see if any come back on.
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It's a pretty basic check when the ignition comes on to see that all warning lights come on to see the bulbs are not removed, to be honest for €650 and knowing it was a fixer upper you will have no comeback.
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He had the bulbs removed so if there was a problem with something (where the lights would come on) the light wouldn't come on giving the impression its working perfect. I'll never buy privately again. Huge mistake.
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Normally they all come on at the start and then go off.
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I don't think you are getting what I mean.
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Anyway, all i wanted to know was 'do i have any comeback?'. Its clear i don't.
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Sadly, I think the answer's no. I'd be looking to flog the car for scrap.
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You don't have any comeback. I'm not sure what you expect from a car that you paid €600 for, it's falling apart and is only good for scrap by the sounds of it. An average mechanic will charge €400+ to do a timing belt and water pump service on a MkIV Golf so I don't for a second believe these were actually done.
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He was looking for €800 to begin with. We bargained him down to €650.
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