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Possible Problem Buying Car

Discussion in 'General Automotive Chat' started by TDIQ, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. TDIQ
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    TDIQ 8L > 8P > 8V

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    [Sep 24, 2009]
    I went to view an A3 last week. We agreed on a price of £2350, and as an exhaust hanger and the fan temperature sensor was in need of a replacement, the guy who is selling me the car said he had a quote for £80, and he would pay that before I picked the car up. I put down a £200 deposit and told him I'd get the rest of the cash within a week.

    However, I have recieved a call today and he said the car had been into the garage. He said they have replaced the following:

    Thermostat
    Temp Sensor
    Electric fan and relay
    Bleed old fluids and replace with new antifreeze and coolant
    New exhaust rubber
    Remove ARB and replace with new bushes.

    This came to nearly £400, I realise that those aren't the proper descriptions but I didnt note them all down as I was in a rush.

    He said he'd talk to me about it Saturday when I get the car, but I'm concerned if he then asks me to pay for half of it or something. The thing is, after I'd agreed the price and had a few days to think about it, I thought maybe I'd offered slightly too much as the mirror casings are cracked. No big deal but it's hassle to replace them.

    What do you guys think he'll do? If he asks for a contribution what shall I say? I've got a written and signed receipt from the guy, and he's nice but I want to know where I stand with this.

    Thanks
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    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator

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    [Sep 24, 2009]
    Agreed price is agreed price, what's written on the receipt? Did you agree to any of the work? If no, then ask for your deposit back and walk away... but if he isn't going to charge you for the work, pay the balance off and drive away a happy man.
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    Broken Byzan Photographic Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    [Sep 24, 2009]
    I am afraid, Jojo is right. It sadly is his loss, not yours
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    [Oct 17, 2009]
    If the deal has been done, I'd be interested to know the outcome. Sounds like the vendor played it pretty straight, and the car will go into the winter with a sound cooling system.
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