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    I feel a bit uncomfortable!

    My son has b*ggered off to Korea for a year and left his rather rusty K Reg car on our drive. So I put it on ebay warts and all expecting around £75 if I was lucky. It went for £240. It was for the buyer's ex-wife and I drove it around to her house so we could complete the docs. It drove ok but the engine was a bit lumpy when we got there and I noticed a couple of other minor problems.

    I'm just worried that they won't be happy with their purchase. If they come back to me, I'll offer to refund some of their money. I guess I could just say caveat emptor but they were really nice people. It had 4 months MOT and 2 months tax, so perhaps it was reasonable value.

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    That is reasonable value but I see why you are bothered - I think offering to refund if necessary is a good idea - you don't suppose the buyer has bought his ex-wife a dog out of spite!

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    The fact that you're even thinking about offering a partial refund puts you well above any private sellers I've ever dealt with.

    £240 is very cheap for a car, and anyone buying a car for that little should probably expect to have to put it in for some repairs.

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    So long as you sold it as seen I wouldn't worry about it! If I paid £240 for a car I wouldn't be expecting it to be perfect.

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    I knew somebody who put a set of used bike leathers on eBay. He paid £200 originally and had had them for a year or so. The leathers sold for £210 in the end. The seller contacted the man and said "they are used, and I only paid £200 for them" but the buyer still went ahead to but them.

    Can't fathom it either.

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    I've sold two cars on FleaBay, but would never consider buying that way.

    Sold a Xantia with problems in the injector department (photo and description of the problem in the ad) and the buyer came up from Plymouth to Southampton for it. I was staggered!

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    Fair play to you for having a heart.

    Still; if you were (and I'm sure you were) honest in the ad and they've given it a go there's really no come backs.

    See what happens!

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    I once put a clapped out Metro on eBay that had a completely screwed brake system - needed several hundred pounds worth of parts (including a master brake cylinder) plus a lot of labour and I wasn't prepared to pay that for a car worth less than my shirt.

    I figured someone might want some parts off of it as some of the bodywork and wheels were in good nick, but I couldn't even give it away to scrap dealers I called (this was before the proliferation of those bloody eyesore 'cash for cars' vehicles you see parked everywhere). As a last resort before I paid someone to come and take it out of my sight, I put it on eBay for £40, with an exact and honest description of everything that was wrong with it and that it was not roadworthy.

    It sold for £360.

    I was gobsmacked. The guy said he had the parts and knew how to fit them himself. He came and picked it up and seemed quite happy with the price he paid, no haggling or anything. For hours I didn't dare go to the bank with the cash as I was sure he was going to come back any second!

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    @laserblazer

    No offence but £240 is litter more than scrap value. I wouldn’t worry about it.

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    Good on you for caring
    But it is their responsibility to check the car if they wish before the auction finishes, if they dont then they really cant have much comeback, and for the money I doubt they were expecting much!

    Personally, I know from experiance never to buy a vehicle from ebay without looking at it first!
    My current car only cost £400 from there, I went and looked at it first though

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    My dad sold a 2 year old caravan on eBay. He sold it £200 less than he bought it for brand new. eBay is weird, you can pick stuff up on there for next to nothing and sell something for a fortune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    @laserblazer

    No offence but £240 is litter more than scrap value. I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Exactly, I wouldnt worry at all! Everything has its value to someone

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    I feel a bit uncomfortable!, dont be.

    You put the car on Ebay, some one bid on it, they paid and collected, job done, no need for a refund either partial or full.

    You cant be responsible for other peoples stupidity when it comes to buying cars on Ebay.

    I do admire the goodwill behind the thinking though

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    As already mentioned, £240 for a car is really, really cheap and anyone expecting it to run perfectly would have to be crazy!

    For future reference, you can specify the car is sold "as is" and state the faults that you're aware of. And secondly (as it's a car) it's important to make sure it is road legal, but I am guessing it is as you drove it to the customer

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