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    sam4191 If In doubt, Flat out!

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    Hi guys,

    unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend bought a vw new bug. Lovely car and all, but a couple of niggley (though uncomlicated issues) i.e. steering wheel off center, cap missing on center consol, squeal from starter (or sounds like) on start up, petrol cap sticking. So all little, simple to fix things. We bought the car after agreeing that these bits would be done.

    When we went to pick the car up a week later, the guy said oh yes, all has been done. I thought id go check. guess what!? nothing been done. So go have a word with guy, who then makes up a load of b*llsh!t. We had to take the car there and then, due to insurance issues. Anyway, he got in touch saying that it had been booked into the garage to have the bits done, so last night dropped it down (he lent her a newer bug, therefore more expensive) she went to pick it up earlier... to her suprise... again... nothing been done, but he had it parked on his forecourt, as if it were for sale. he then told her that people had been looking at it and asking about it!? Anyway, he made up some more BS, so we dont think it actually moved, but has said he will book it in again.

    i work in a garage, so could have the work done, but out of principle, im not going to.

    What do you guys think we should do?

    What action can we take??

    Thanks alot(sorry for the long post, but I'm only 19 and dont really have any experience of this, and it's p!55ing me off to say the least)

    Sam
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    Trading standards mate, make a semi bluff that you will call them up(unless you want to call them up of course), I take it you have it all in writing(the work to be done)?
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    So have you still got the other one as the work hasn't been done?
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    I wasn't sure if this would be a viable option, seems quite extreme, though I suppose it was part of the conditions of buying... and sort of have it in writing, he wrote it on the top of the receipt. lol

    No, she got her car back, to be honest, I didnt know what was happening until i got home from work at 5.30, and she collected her car at 4 ish. But, would it be right to keep the car he lends until our car is done to our want?
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    Not sure of the legal standpoint on that. Oral contact I assume?
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    Agreed, difficult to decide but it'd be situational for me. If he's apologetic and sincere about sorting it out then perhaps I'd give him the benefit of the doubt but to be honest if left my car for work to be done and got back and it was untouched I'd tell him to sort it and drive off again.
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    At the point of handover, you should have refused the car until all agreed work was carried out. With regards to the insurance issue, I take it you just changed cars on your policy? If so, then a quick phone call to inform your insurance the deal didn't go to plan should have kept you insured on your original car.
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    Yes, pretty much oral to be honest... I am so annoyed that I let us get in this situation. Trouble is, I always take people on face value. if they say they'll do something, I automatically assume they'll do it. Maybe I should take my dads advice and look beyond the nicey nicey.

    Yeh, I deffinately see what you mean, but, I'm going to go pick the car up with my girlfriend next time (if there is a next time), so I can see if it has been done, and what his attitude is like.

    Yeh, we deffinately would have done, if her old car hadn't been sold and taken away that morning... so, she didnt have a car. Typical, because at the time i was working 6 miles or so from home, so needed the car, now am just around the corner from her. So, could have lent her mine. It's the same thing... I just seem to trust people too often and get walked all over. great...
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    Either way mate, I think you need to mention strong words like 'trading standards' if you want to get the ball rolling. You say you are 19, maybe he's taking the p!ss for that reason, take your Dad along, or someone more mature who looks the part, so you mean business, there's no shame. I mean, if they sort it out, they will never see you again, so keep hassling them, and be a pain in the butt!!!
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    Like jojo said just mention trading standards they soon change there mind.

    I always use that one when ever i am having problems with a shop or anything like that and they soon see my way.
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    as jojo said mate take some one along who looks more mature and go down the trading standards route..ave you paid cash for the new car or are you geting it on hp..as if its on hp the dealer has to fix or replace because its not yours until the last payment.
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    Seems to be the way to go, I am starting to think that he is thinking oh yes, these don't know what they're doing, etc, etc. I think we will try once more, then get someone like dad to come along with us.

    lol. as above, but how do you word something like this? Something like 'if it's not done to our satisfaction, we will be contacting trading standards'? Also, would we really be able to stand with this arguement, seein as it is more an oral contract?


    yeh, unfortunately, was cash on collection.

    The guy was supposed to get back to her yesterday or today, but guess what!?...nothing...If he doesn't call monday, I'm thinking some phone calls will need to be made. Then a visit.
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