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I've agreed a very good deal with a garage for a second hand car, paid a deposit and recieved the sales contract. The trader is now trying to back out of the deal and give me the deposit back. I still...
My stepson recently purchased a 2007 Ford Focus that had been advertised on eBay by a private dealer (trading from home, but with trade plates, VAT registered etc). When I asked what warranty came with...
Three weeks ago we bought a Renault Espace (2.2dci Privilege Y plate with 102,000 on the clock) from a trader working from home who advertised on Auto Trader. He was up front about his status as a trader...
I have a Volvo V70 which we have looked after. I am having difficulty pricing it. It's in good order and has been looked after. I'm finding it brain battering out there! What would be a sensible asking...
Unfortunately you are incorrect about the implications of selling a car to a member of the public on trade terms at trade price. I recently did exactly this, selling a car at ‘stand-in price’ (it had been...
I have recently decided to become a part-time motor trader, purchasing from auction houses with the intention of selling on for profit. I have have in the last few weeks gone on to purchase a couple of...
If buying trade for say £2,500, is the garage legally obliged to provide a warranty for the car and what is the normal period that can be expected at this price?
I purchased a used van and would just like your opinion on whether it was a private or trade sale, as there is a major problem with it after just two weeks. It was advertised as a trade advert on the internet,...
I just lost my job and decided to try and work for myself. I've bought numerous cars over the years on a casual basis from various auctions and never had any bother. I try and buy nice clean cars and am...
I am interested in a vehicle that is being sold by a part-time trader. The vehicle seems to stack up with all the history, HPI check and condition, but for some reason I am slightly wary of the trader....