AT YOUR SERVICE.
JUST over a year ago Rhian Davies from South Wales bought a 1998 Audi A3 T Sport from a small but established local dealer for pounds 3,500. It had no history, just an MoT certificate at 36,000 miles. The car was in excellent condition, so Rhian took a chance that the mileage of 42,000 was kosher and that the history had simply been lost. The dealer said he had bought it at auction, and Rhian has since found out the mileage is not genuine by a very big margin. Where does he stand?
QUENTIN SAYS: Unless the dealer sold you the A3 with its mileage guaranteed in writing, you don't have a leg to stand on. To get to court, you'd need a witness who'd heard a false statement, an advert or a receipt warranting the dodgy mileage. Dealers are expected to practise due diligence regarding mileages, and check with previous owners. But if he hasn't misdescribed the car to you, he can't be prosecuted. Moral of story - never buy a car without a service history.
Audi A3 T Sport