We bought a faulty car in a private sale - do we have consumer protection to get it fixed?

My step-son just purchased a 2008 Citroen C2 from a car dealer for £1700. The dealer said that it was not their car, but an employee's car. The money was paid, via bank transfer, to the employee and not to the dealer. During the test drive the car performed fine, but when driving the car home he found it would hesitate at around 55-60 mph. He returned the car the next day and the dealer said they would get it repaired. They think it's the injectors. It's been a week now and the car hasn't been repaired. The dealer has responded via email and hopes to have the car repaired next week now. I'm not sure that they will ever repair the car. Can we get our money back from the employee, so we can buy a car elsewhere?

Asked on 1 March 2018 by Kelvin Smith

Answered by Honest John
Unfortunately this was not a dealer sale because the payment was to the employee, so consumer protection laws do not apply unless the employee was in league with the dealer to sell cars this way and had done the same thing before within the past two months.
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