I decided it was a great idea to buy a new car earlier this month. Obviously, I thought it was a brilliant way to spend a lot of money. Ended up I was wrong.
The day after I bought my ‘new’ car (it was second-hand… I am a student), it stalled at every junction. In other words, the engine cut out. It got harder and harder to start each time it did it. I took it to the local garage and the guy said the engine had a misfire.
Within 5 days of having the car, I had already rang the guy I bought it off and complained about it. They agreed to look at the car, but I just demanded my money back. The car may not even be fixable in the state that engine was in. They agreed to a refund, but didn’t give me my part-exchanged car back! They said it had been sold! They apparently sold it on the Friday, when I had already been confirmed a refund on the Thursday! They even sold it for over £1200 when they only paid me £300. At the time of dealing, the guy even said: ‘we’ll just sell it for 5… 600 pounds’. That’s the only reason I was convinced that its value wasn’t high. I’m pretty adamant that that is not a negotiation technique… but FRAUD.
I have no car and haven’t been able to get one for the last week. I’ve spent loads on train tickets and tram tickets for university (over 2 hours away), had to get my dad to drop me off everywhere, and walked over a mile and a half to work and back.
Needless to say, I got a refund of the money I paid plus the £300 they valued the car. Although it was somewhat hassle-free. I’ve been completely burdened financially and emotionally. In my opinion, the broken car could have come from an auction sale.
To make sure I don’t dwell, I’m not going to let it overcome me. I am currently looking for a new car to move on from this ordeal. BUT. I will be leaving awful reviews everywhere and I will be contacting a solicitor for a free consultation.
My advice is to be wary. Especially when it comes to car traders. Take somebody with you to look, never go on your own, and do not be manipulated into buying anything. Be strong and walk away if you have to. Don’t be convinced or deceived. Be cautious.