I bought my car from a dealer in Walsall (Walsall Motors ltd) in early November.
The car looked alright for the price, few scratches and things but no major mechanical issues. I agreed to buy it, and was about to hand the cash over. It was advertised as having tax and MOT. I asked to see the documents for it, and he "couldn't find" the MOT certificate. I held on to my money, and said i wanted to have the MOT certificate in front of me. After a few phone calls and a lot of messing about it turned out that the garage had "forgotten" to retest the vehicle after a previous test. I waited whilst they got the car tested, and it passed with a seized handbrake cable, worn strut top mount, a leaking exhaust.. and the airbag light was on.
On the way back to the garage i asked where the tax disc was.. guess what.. no tax! They also pulled over for me to put some fuel in the car, as he was worried it was going to run out.
With the full years MOT in my hand i gave him the money and drove away.. I started to regret my purchase on the way home [:S]
Anyway, since then i've been relatively happy with it. I've sorted out the handbrake, given it a full service (which it needed) and done a few other little things to generally tidy everything up.
Two months later and i still don't have the registration document. Yesterday i got a letter from the DVLA telling me i needed to get a vehicle identity check (VIC) done on the car, and they wouldn't give me a registration document until it's completed. This means it's been written off, and could be a stolen/cut and shut vehicle.
I have since done a mycarcheck thing.. and it says it was a Cat C write off, registered in December 2009. I believe that I was then the next registered owner.. and so it's up to me to get the VIC test done to confirm the cars identity (to my expense).
I did check the registration document to see if it was recorded as being written off, but didn't do an online check or anything. I assumed that if it was written off, it would be on the registration document. The dealer didn't tell me about any of this.
I figure the best possible outcome of this is that i'll end up with a cat C car that i paid way too much for, and had to pay 40 quid to get checked over. The worst case is that it's been a bodged repair, or worse, stolen. Then i think the police will want it.
I've written to "consumer direct", they deal with what trading standards used to deal with apparently, and i'm waiting for their reply!
I'm considering getting it properly checked out by a garage now.. as i'm worried about it being a botched repair job..
Anyone else had a similar experience, and what was the outcome? Pretty worried and angry about it at the moment..
This is their website.. http://www.walsallmotorsltd.co.uk i've been going through some of the cars they have for sale and entering them into the DVLA car check website. The golfs they have for sale all come up as.. registered without V5C document. Surely this suggests they are all accident damaged too?