A Class, D Grade

About a year ago I helped my student debt-ridden daughter buy a 1999S A Class Mercedes, which looked in very good condition, from what we thought was a reputable dealer. It has proved a nightmare. Four months after she bought it the power steering failed. Fortunately the warranty covered mechanical failure. The next problem was the car's electrical system - not covered by the warranty. Local runs to the supermarket or gym were not a problem. But one day after about 30 minutes on the M25 the fault alert showed F and the engine cut out. Fortunately my daughter was in the slow lane and managed to coast onto the hard shoulder. The car passed its MOT recently and the garage was unable to find the cause of the problem. The problem has persisted and a specialist Mercedes garage has now advised her that the A Class is well known for electrical problems, and that any repair would almost certainly cost more than the car is worth. Could you please give us your advice on what we should do?

Asked on 26 September 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
You obviously did not read car-by-car breakdown at
www.honestjohn.co.uk first, so, unless you paid for the car, you did not 'help' her at all. If the car was dealer bought it was covered for faults present or developing at date of sale for 6 months. The selling dealer is required by law to be responsible for these. All you can do now is get rid of this heap of junk any way you can and buy a better car. As it qualifies for scrappage, that is probably the best way out.
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