The purpose of this guide - to show how something good can come out of a bad day!!!
I found a car on eBay which was just what I was looking for, it had a telephone number to be able to contact seller which I did. Asking all the necessary questions etc and I explained to the seller that I would take his word that the car was as stated and that all was fine. To be totally legal for driving the vehicle back I telephoned my insurance company and explained that I would like the insurance changed from my existing vehicle to the one that I was purchasing and collecting on Thursday, I had to pay set fees for this which amounted to £31.75. There was also no tax, but I had found where the nearest Post Office was, which turned out to be only a 4 min walk, which was fine. But..............................................................
I then had to make arrangements to travel to Victoria via coach, then a train to Orpington to stay overnight at my sisters who would then take me to pick up the car on Thursday morning. (taking in to consideration the seller had know about this since Sunday). But to confirm once again I telephoned on Wednesday evening from my sisters house to the seller who confirmed yes that all was fine.
Thursday morning and at 11.30 we duly arrived to get the vehicle started, exchange the money for the documents and then I would be on my way, we shaked hands on the deal and the agreed price, I went to get the papers from my sisters car (who luckily for me was still there) taking out the bill of sale for both of us to sign - the seller then politely tells me "THERE IS ONE SMALL PROBLEM" - "I AM UNABLE TO FIND THE LOGBOOK" - so for the next 1/2 hour the search went on for the logbook but to no avail. The seller then asked me to just take the car and apply for the log book myself - so I explained that I could not apply as I was not the legal owner and he would have to apply for it. I then told him I was not very happy with the way things had turned out and all the expense that I had gone to. So I left before I said something which I would not be able to print here ******@@@@.
Also you should never purchase a vehicle without the logbook - WHY - because you have no way of knowing that the seller is the legal owner.
Arriving back at my sisters where we find her daughter waiting for her to return, telling her the saga of the car etc and she said - "I have a car which is taxed,mot'd and insured which we just want removed from our drive and you can have it"
My what a wonderful car this is - a later car than the one I was going to purchase and a real beauty in the offing.
Yes I had to pay another £31.75 to change the insurance back again, buy hey my bad couple of days turned out to have a real SILVER LINING.
I have heard nothing from the seller of the vehicle although I have emailed him a couple of times.
BUT PLEASE WHEN BUYING A CAR EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS THE V5 IS PRESENT ASK ALL THE RELEVANT QUESTION BEFORE GOING.
THIS TURNED OUT LUCKY FOR ME BUT ANYONE ELSE MAY NOT HAVE THE SAME LUCK.