Has Anyone Experienced Poor Service From A Used Dealer?

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  1. WeekendWanderers

    WeekendWanderers Read Only Funster

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    Hi there,

    We have recently bought from a dealer, purchasing a used (10 y.o. 27k) Bessie. The dealer was ok, well established. After our first trip of over 50 miles it became evident that there was a clutch problem. I contacted the dealer who was unresponsive and ultimately rude and told me it was sold as seen and told me that the camper we had P/X'd was costing him money (?) so he would not listen to me. After 300 miles the engine stopped working and I had a bill of £850 from the very helpful company that picked me up from the middle of nowhere in Shropshire. I now have to also replace the clutch at circa £160. The owner or the site has been nothing but rude and unhelpful.

    I wonder if I should be naming the company on forums such as this so that others may be warned or whether that could get me into trouble?

    What do you guys think?
     
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  2. Tea Bag

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    Hi.
    Twice i have had clutches go,one monday morning,had i known it was about to go,i could have fixed it Sunday,second time,i had come up from Southampton to N/castle,delivered ,reloaded and was on the way back when it went (Not the same unit),so,there is not a lot of warning sometimes. As regards."Sold as seen"...Buyer beware. Sorry if this is not much help,but it is what does happen,without warning.
    Tea Bag
     
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    It probably would.
     
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  4. John Laidler

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    Given this is your first post I will be a little cautious replying, but the law is very much on your side. There is no such thing as "sold as seen" with vehicles unless you paid buttons for it, which I assume you didn't. Get legal advice or try Citizens Advice, both will advise you on your rights.

    From what you describe the fault would be classed as pre-existing so it is for the seller to fix or give you a full refund. Your trade in is no part of the equation, that is his problem.

    Unfortunately, as you have already paid for repairs you are at a disadvantage. You should have forced the seller to fix the first fault.
     
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    Welcome

    First posts complaining of service or dealers aren't always well received, I would hold off naming anyone for a while.

    Buying secondhand vehicles is always a lottery... did you get a warranty?

    Was the van good value? I hate buying vehicles, you just don't know what you are buying

    Welcome anyway, if you have any more problems there is plenty of help here that will save you money in the future(y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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  6. WeekendWanderers

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    Thanks for the quick response Tea Bag.

    I guess then that I should just take it on the chin. I realise that you take a risk buying 2nd hand and mitigate that via the lower cost however, my qualm is with the post-sale disinterest and disassociation of the dealer. Poor service is something that we seem to put up with in the UK. Is this right? Or should we be more forthright?
     
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    Hi Barclaybasher.

    I will not name and shame. However if my experience can encourage others to take heed and get proper vehicle checks (which I didn't, rather taking the word of the dealer) then I guess that is a job done.

    I think I'll be buying new in the future although I have to say that all of the interior features of our unit are excellent.

    Thanks for the response - it is appreciated.
     
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    Thanks DBK. I think you are right - I should have insisted however we are currently enjoying weekends away so I will suck it up and keep quiet about the dealer.

    Ultimately we love motorhoming and won't let this set us back!

    Long may we all enjoy our homes from homes.
     
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  9. Barclaybasher

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    I've run a business for over 30 years and have lost count of the times I have been ripped off by customers, doesn't stop me, I've 'taken it on the chin' many times and I still help customers who I know will never buy, go to the internet or competitors......doesn't bother me........I'm still in business(y)(y)
     
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    What about a warranty
     
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    I didnt know you were in business Vic. I always thought you were a de-frocked bank manager. :Eeek:
     
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  12. Barclaybasher

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    No Dave but I know I've 'defrocked' a few Barclays' (b)ankers(y)(y)
     
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  13. WeekendWanderers

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    The website told us it came with a warranty. Once we had problems we were told this was not the case.

    I must ultimately take some responsibility for this as apparently I didn't insist on this upon the sale.

    This made me very happy, as I'm sure you can imagine.
     
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    Once again you twist the thread to sex...........:cry:
     
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    @WeekendWanderers ..... welcome to the World of fun............. threads go from clutch to crotch

    :)
     
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    take a copy of the advert and use it to claim back expenses with receipts using small claims court
     
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    Great idea
    You don't even have to go to court nowadays
    Moneyclaim Online lets you do it from the comfort of your own home
    It's easy to turn a blind eye and let the dealer avoid their responsibilities, but I'd stand my ground and get your money back.
     
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    I see you are now a 'Read Only' member..

    If you join the Forum as a full member, (it's £15 per year..) then you can do a full review in our Motorhome Dealers Review site

    http://www.motorhome-dealer-reviews.com
     
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    You have no less rights now than you had on the day you bought it you had little option but to fork out for repairs given the dealers attitude
    Sue the back side off him I cant see how you can loose its the softies in this world that allow things like this to happen.
    If you decide to suck it up and take it on the chin, think the next couple that will be screwed over was with your help:rolleyes:
    Extremely Harsh but true.
    ps Name the sod and save a few more the same fate if its all true you do no wrong at all
     
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    I do hope the OP decides to join us...

    I hate those who use Fun to air their latest grievances for 5 posts and then disappear.


    JJ :cool:
     
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