A car I agreed to buy has been misfuelled by the dealer - should I negotiate a discount or just reject it?

I have agreed a deal on a used Maserati Quattroporte Diesel and paid a £1000 deposit (to hold the car until collection) part of the deal was a full MoT. While taking it to the MoT, the driver put £20 of petrol into the tank and started the car - within moments it was switched off but having run it for 30 seconds or two minutes the petrol will have potentially affected the fuel pump and injectors. The dealer phoned and advised me that this has happened and that they are sending the fuel pump and injectors away for pressure testing and obviously changing all the filters and they suggest a DPF removal and clean as well.

Do I accept the car in full working order, reject it and walk away or try and negotiate a lower price?

Asked on 27 July 2018 by dacia1

Answered by Honest John
They have been honest with you. And there may not be a problem. But if there is a problem and you bought the car knowing there could be a problem you do not have the automatic right of a refund or of compelling the dealer to fix the car. So the safest thing for you to do is to ask for your deposit back and to walk away.
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