Is everything you see on E-bay exactly what you get . I think not ... Having bought a vehicle from a so-called power seller and checking his feedback before purchase , I left for a 300 mile round trip to collect the vehicle ( a 1993 Ford Maverick ) which came with 12mths mot and 6mths tax . Getting home late I parked up the vehicle and thought we'd bought a good vehicle for moving the family about . The next day we took the vehicle to a friend who owns his own mot center to show off a bit and he offered to give it the once over later that day , to which we agreed .... Imagine our surprise when a phone call from our friend tells us the vehicle should not be on the road as several really bad repairs had been carried out to the suspension of the vehicle and the front brake pads were literally on the metal . We tried to contact the seller but after the first conversation now refuses to answer our calls or e-mails and suggests we contact the mot center who tested the car .. guess what , it does not exist ( confirmation from the ministry of transport , who are now investigating ) The tax disk is a forgery ( confirmation by the police , who are now investigating ) We had to get the vehicle repaired ( against the ministry of transports advice , but who do they take action against ) at a cost of over £400 but the good news is that the log book is in the actual guy's name who bought it in " GOOD FAITH " and knew nothing of the car's history as he is a " CAR TRADER " a fact he did not tell whilst listing the car . Further checks show it's not stolen , written off or with outstanding finance which helps but has cost us over £700 to put everything right plus the purchase price and the hassle of only being able to use the car after all of the problems were put right . Please to all the people who buy car's of the internet please don't be afraid to ask questions before hand and if they think your being to pushy over the fine details then WALK AWAY .. there's plenty more of what you want and the true professionals expect you to be wary of a car's history but they will help you through the sale as their name and status is on the line ........
Ford Maverick to good to be true
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4 September 2008
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