I was due to pick up my new car tomorrow at 10am, an X reg Mk1 172, anyway the garage Im buying it off ring me last night with a "concern" over the mileage on my trade in (S reg VTR). After carrying out an NMR check the guy at the garage claims theres a mileage discrepancy on my car that has occured since I have owned it. OK I said whats the discrepancy - Ive had the car for 3 years, bought it at 13 months old with 9993 on the clock - its now got 56788. The salesman doesnt actually know the exact discrepancy cause he refuses to pay £20 for the full NMR search and he said that he cant wait the 3/4 weeks that the full search takes so based on his "cheap" search he wants to knock £1000 off the price of my trade in !!!!! He says that to sell on my "clocked" car will cost him about this much and if I refuse to reduce the price of mine then the deal is off
At this point Im starting to think this is a bit suspicious so today I contacted Reg Vardy (Leeds) who I bought my VTR off originally, the chap there was more than helpful and agreed to dig out all of the old paper work from the deal 3 years ago and prove that the mileage is correct. Now I contacted the garage selling me the 172 and he refused to believe me so I asked him to ring Reg Vardy, which he did and he still refused to believe Reg Vardy or even wait for them to fax over the archives from the original VTR deal and added that the search showed the discrepancy occured before I owned the car even though last night he was adament I had "clocked" the car myself during my ownership. I must now point out that an AA inspection revealed about £200 of work that needed doing on the 172 and since this was noticed the service from the garage has gone downhill rapidly.
So Im now left with a salesman who says that the deal off, at which point I asked about getting my £50 deposit back to which he replied: "You should say look pal keep the £50, Im sorry for messing you around with the car, no hard feelings eh?" This was like a red rag to a bull to me, I threatened him with legal action stating that the receipt he issued me with had the price of the trade in etc. on it and that it was a legally binding document to a deal we stuck 2 weeks ago. He wasnt prepared to wait for anymore searches to be carried out on my car and as such Ive now spent £120 on an AA search, £200 upfront for my insurance and it looks like £50 in the back pocket of the tw*tty salesman.
Anyway he said hes going to tr and work out a new deal and ring me bak tomorrow to discuss it but with customer service like this Ill think Ill look elsewhere for a Silver Mk1 172.
Rant over - thanks for listening guys!