My wife and I were looking for a cheap run around for me to get to and from work, first port of call - Ebay.
We came across the car on the following item number.
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It sounded like a good buy... so asked the following questions:
Like the look of the car, could you tell me whether there is actually anything wrong that you know of that would stop the car passing its M.O.T? why has it not been driven for such a long time? are there any leaks from engine, coolant system etc, is there any rust on the bodywork partic around the arches?
"Hi. The car has been sitting because I bought a new car, we didn't want to part with the calibra because we like the car, its our third calibra and it was genuinely a strong car and never let me down so we kept it in case we ever needed it, but as its just sitting there its time for it to go. We have turned over the engine from time to time and it starts no problem. Because it hasn't been driven it will need a service prior to MOT but that is to be expected, I see no reason why it wont pass, the last time I MOTed it it passed no problem. No rust around the arches, just some on the corner of the drivers door but excellent for its age and nothing that would be too difficult to put right. Body work genuinely good for its age. No leaks on this car whatsoever! Good luck,"
"Thanks again... sorry last question I promise.. does the car have any service history and how many owners has it had from new?"
"No problem. It has had 6 owners from new and I have had the car since 2004, it doesn't have any documented service history but we have looked after the car and it has regular oil change."
The following day we picked the car up.. paid our cash, I asked again if there was anything I should know about I was told and agreed that as the car had been sat for upto 2 years I was to expect a degree of wear on the usual consumable items.. Brakes etc..
The drive home I discovered that no hot air came from the fan, the warning light was on for the water level, screaching noise from the front end.
The day after we picked the vehicle up we took it to our local garage for a full inspection and MOT.. This is were it all went wrong!! First indication from the garage was that it seemed that due to the chalk markings underneath the vehicle the car HAD been put through its M.O.T recently. After further inspection it was found that there were many faults. Our garage did not see any point in continuing with the inspection so sent the car to the MOT station to see exactly where all the problems were.. They listed as follows:
001Offside front direction indicator not in good working order (not working)
002 offside front headlamp insecure
003 nearside front headlamp aim too high
004 offside front headlamp aim too high
005 offside front windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively
006 nearside - ditto
007 at rear in front of axle - fuel pipe leaking
008 rear exhaust system has a major leak of exhaust gases
009 nearside front brake disc excessively pitted
010 offside rear brake pipe excessively corroded
011 offside front (rubbing on driveshaft) brak hose excessively chafed
012 steering rack leaking - power steering ram(s) leaking from a failed component
013 nearside front (rear bush) suspension arm rubber deteriorated resulting in excessive movement
014 offside from frin wheel bearing has excessive play
015 exhaust emission lamda readin after 2nd fast idle outside specified limit
016 nearside rear (inner) brake disc slightly pitted
017 offside - ditto
018 general heavy corrosion on all steel fuel pipes
I understand that most of these faults are general wear and tear but with an estimated £1000.00 bill.. We have contacted the seller to exclaim our dissapointment to see whether or not she would be prepared to reinburse us with our cash but we get the same one liner " i did say that it was standing for 2 years, you have to expect some deterioration during that time!" I'm sorry, this may be just my stupidity or just plain ignorance but I think I was sold a duff motor.. can anybody please advise how or even if I will be able to take this further??
thanks for your time.