Should I Get My Deposit Back if Used Car Differs Greatly from Description?
Last edited 19/09/2019 - 20:46 by 1 other user
Hey guys, just thought I'd grab a few unbiased opinions of a situation I've found myself in.
I found a 70s car I was keen to buy. it wasn't the greatest example - body was pretty rusted and the paint job was subpar - but according to the online ad "all driving components have been maintained and are in good working condition". It also advised that the engine and gearbox had recently been rebuilt, and the car was currently registered. This all sounded pretty good to me, and as the vehicle was in a different state to me, I organised to book a Stateroads comprehensive inspection to make sure I wasn't buying a lemon, and the buyer asked for a deposit over the weekend ($200). In conversation with the seller, he advised me that there were some "wear and tear" components which would need replacing.
Yesterday was inspection day, and I received the results - to bring the car up to roadworthy standards, EVERYTHING would need to be rebuilt or replaced. I asked how the driving components were - they were rusted and would all need to be replaced if I was to register the vehicle, bumping the potential cost up by a large amount. After hearing this, I decided I wouldn't be going ahead with the purchase.
Unfortunately I have already placed the $200 deposit on the car, which I would very much like to get back. It's my belief that the current state of the car differs greatly from what was described - "driving components are in good working condition" and advising me that some "wear and tear" components would need replacing before a roadworthy is not the same as being told that the ENTIRE car was in bad condition, and that everything would need to either be rebuilt or replaced.
Do you think I would be justified in asking nicely for my deposit back?
Update: I had a look back through my messages with the seller to gain some context regarding the deposit - turns out he did add the word 'unconditional' in a long message regarding the deposit, and I obviously didn't pay much attention to it.
Lesson learned, and time for me to move on and be more vigilant next time.