I was sold a car without being told it was Cat S - where do I stand?

I bought a car privately but when the certificate returned to me through the post, it says that the car is a Cat S. I was never told that when buying it or I would not have bought it. Where do I stand now with the car? The seller is classed as a private seller rather than a trader, but buys and sells cars from his house every week.

Asked on 5 March 2020 by Jane

Answered by Dan Powell
Cat S cars have usually suffered some form of damage to their structure. They can be repaired and resold, but this should be disclosed by the seller.

I think you have grounds to demand a refund, as the seller has misrepresented the vehicle by not telling you it has been involved in an accident. I would recommend contacting the seller and politely but firmly telling them the car was not accurately described and you want your money back. If they refuse, tell them you will seek legal advice and report them to Trading Standards. For your legal rights, see: www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-reject-a-car-your-cons...s
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