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Hi I’m just trying get some people’s opinions on a car I’ve recently sold, I’ve sold a recently restored mk1 escort the car was sold as seen with no warranties given or anything like that (I’m not a dealer) and he was happy with the car he looked over it, took him for a test drive and I knocked £950 of the asking price for him. the chap lives 8hours away and it drove him all the way home faultlessly except he’s now saying the exhaust is hanging low and blowing. The exhaust is literally less then 2000miles old and in my opinion would just need a tighten and putting back on the rubber hangers at the most but he’s demanding I pay for a new exhaust system? Am I being unreasonable by refusing this? I look forward to hearing your opinions.
cheeRS

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Hi,

 

Have you any paper work to establish that the said Escort you sold has had a new exhaust fitted !!??, or a receipt for the exhaust you have fitted, I would not be forced into supplying a new exhaust to the buyer if I could show proof of the car having a new exhaust.

He test drove the car & was happy with the exhaust on the test drive, he has now driven it for 8+ hours, I would say that it has just settled down and prob needs re-aligning and tightening up, maybe the exhaust clamps need undoing and a little exhaust paste fitting in the joints, but to me this looks like a case of someone trying his luck at getting more money back on the deal.

Stick to your guns, document all your activity between yourself & the buyer, try to communicate more by e-mail rather than telephone calls, more proof of what has or was said via an e-mail, anything could have happend in 8+ hours of driving, he could have put the car through a pot hole and caught the exhaust, I think he is tying it because he is 8 hours away, some gits out there, keep us all informed of what happens from here on.

 

Good luck & cheers.  

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1 hour ago, Painterman said:

just say i knocked a good chunk of money off for you allowing for any little niggles.

Oooh a lawyer would love you to say that - its tantamount to admitting there IS something wrong and you are choosing not to declare it! Reducing the price is part of negotiating a sale based on faults or discovered problems, your not offering a warranty!

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11 hours ago, Benjy✌ said:

Hi I’m just trying get some people’s opinions on a car I’ve recently sold, I’ve sold a recently restored mk1 escort the car was sold as seen with no warranties given or anything like that (I’m not a dealer) and he was happy with the car he looked over it, took him for a test drive and I knocked £950 of the asking price for him. the chap lives 8hours away and it drove him all the way home faultlessly except he’s now saying the exhaust is hanging low and blowing. The exhaust is literally less then 2000miles old and in my opinion would just need a tighten and putting back on the rubber hangers at the most but he’s demanding I pay for a new exhaust system? Am I being unreasonable by refusing this? I look forward to hearing your opinions.
cheeRS

Did you give him a receipt saying 'sold as seen with no warranty given or implied'. If so, tell him to get stuffed. 

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I've bought and sold Ford's for years and you come across this a lot. You sell someone a 40-50 year old car and the buyer seems to think they have the consumer rights of a new car buyer. 

Sounds like he got a bargain with a 950 quid discount. He test drove the car so he has no comeback IMO. Driving the 8 hours home,  probably thrashing it, has caused the exhaust issue, no doubt. 

I'd be telling him to replace the exhaust out of the 950 quid discount or offer to buy it back  minus the cost of the damage he's caused.

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Thanks for your reply’s everyone, he’s tightened up the Exhaust manifold and it’s no longer blowing and put it back on the rubber hooks as I thought.

 I think he was just trying it on! The car is spot on and I knew that, some people seem to forget a 50 year old car isn’t gonna have little problems like this every now and again! He has a receipt stating sold as seen so I think it’s up to him if he finds anything he doesn’t like!👍

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