Bought a car not as described and now seller messing around....
Ok its a long story, apologies and i thank you for taking the time!
7th dec bought a car i saw on ebay, it was accident damaged to the side and was not running due to the collision(this is normal).Was advertised as just needing a ecu reset to get it running again (again nothing off here), Paid 10.5k for the car via bank transfer. Had the vehicle delivered on 10th dec 2010 and the seller went on holiday for 2 weeks. Had a mechanic out to reset the ecu, tried to but could not and also came up with multiple faults, paid him £90 and left it at that.
PROBLEMS ON ARRIVAL:
Battery was dead as anything on arrival so had to buy a new battery £130. It also needed 3 panels which i got sprayed up for £300. Also required 2 airbags which again i paid £600. Now with everything in place i started working on it to try get it started.(Engine cuts off in most cars to prevent fire when in a crash). The rear quarter was badly damaged and on the phone he said it was just scratched(i saw photos but he only supplied photos in the dark). He didnt supply any part of the logbook or MOT which he agreed he would. Left it at that really as i wanted the car and wanted it up and running.
Worked on the car starting from the back working my way forward, i found no faults and nothing unusual untill i got to the engine bay and found a host of worrying things, i removed the secured engine cover to find Zero glow plugs fitted, i found glass particles all over the engine, the turbo was corroded and rusty, infact the whole engine looked abit tatty for a 3 year old car with 50 miles. All connections from the car to the engine itself were either badly connected(ie.. loose) or not connected at all. The air filter which wraps around the side of the engine was snapped/cracked with the filter element hanging out, This i would say is IMPOSSIBLE to crack without the engine being removed, the major ECU lid was not secured on and suspected water in there. So with all the above in mind i was hugely suspiscious the engine was swapped out for a knackered one.
At this point my heart dropped and i hunted for the engine number to match it up to the actual engine number of the car with no success, i later found out the engine number is in a location where you have to remove the engine to view it. Again i had no facilities to do this. At this point i tried contacting the seller numerous times with no success.
I decided to write a letter to the seller demanding a resolution or id have to take it further approx 3 weeks after the purchase of the car. 1 week after the letter i got a call off a mobile number from the seller who seemed concerned and seemed he wanted to sort it. He agreed to come down and view the car to see whats going on but failed to turn up twice. He then said he paid a company to collect the car to take it back to examine it but again he failed to turn up 3 times despite me staying in especially. Eventually almost 1 and a half months he picked the car up and took it back 3 hours away. Called the next day stating it does not look right to him either.
Now still at this point i wanted the car sorted and sent back to me as i still wanted the car. Numerous phone calls (probably around 30) went on for another 2 months. My last phone call to him was almost 2 weeks ago, supposedly in between then and now he has been on holiday AGAIN. Been trying to get hold of him but doesnt pick up or if he does he says he will call back in 10 but never ever does (has said this 5 or 6 times now).
Need advice on what to do. I have given him enough time (approaching 5 months now) to sort it but nothing seems to be working anymore. I need solid advice on what to do and where i stand if possible. I thought i was buying off a private seller but i paid the money into his private limited company account and the invoice he sent me is of his limited company. The invoice does state 'private sale of own goods no vat'. It seems the guy just fobs me off constantly with excuses which some include:
Call back when im in the office
call back when im OUT the office
Heating failed in the house so been trying to sort it
been on holiday
Going on holiday
So guys i appriciate your response, i spent my life savings on this car and im now without either the money OR the car.