- Nov 22, 2010
So I sold my old reliable Volvo and decided to replace with a nice 3 series. Decided on a 316 as they're cheap on tax. It's pre 08 so just over 500 as opposed to 700 for the 320. Arranged to view 3 cars over the weekend and then made the fatal mistake of buying the first one I looked at. Lovely looking car, good spec, drove well and the seller, 30 day warranty, an independent dealer, not private seller seemed pleasant enough. Paid a deposit, collected the car the following day,a Sunday, and drove home. Worth noting that the petrol tank contained only fumes, almost empty even though there was a garage just around the corner from where I collected the car. A foretaste of things to come. Long story short, the car developed a noise later that day and the engine management light came on. The seller asked me to bring the car to his mechanic which i did and I got the car back the following thursday fixed. The noise was a bearing in the diff which the seller paid to have repaired. The engine light came back a few days later along with a host of other warning lights. The throttle position sensor is gone. Now the seller is less helpful. Only wants to go halves in the repair bill, getting the car to his mechanic is my problem, he's losing money now he says and wont be paying any more money if further problems arise. I've asked for a refund as i'm now worried that this car is a money pit and an unreliable car. Broke down twice in the first week and my own mechanic advice is to not drive it until repaired as it could catch fire. the seller is refusing my request for a refund and keeps saying bring it to his mechanic. Does anyone know what my rights are?. Am I entitled to a refund under consumer legislation or am I stuck with a lemon?.