Afternoon crew, bit of a long post coming up about my current experience with an ebay buyer.
So I recently sold my dads car on ebay as he's no longer in any condition health-wise to drive. I put it on ebay to sell as I've done with my partner's car previously.
The auction ended a month ago, in October. During the 10 days the car was listed I had a bit of interest, test drives, etc. All people who had viewed it put bids on as they were happy with the car they came to see and placed bids.
Finally at the end of the auction someone put in another high bid and won the car. I contacted them and they said they were out of the country and would be back in a week. I told them that they were bidding to buy, and asked if he was happy to do so as he hadnt viewed the car prior to bidding. He said he understood my concern but assured me he was serious about the car.
After he got back in the country he contacted me saying he was making arrangements to travel over and pick the car up. I then heard nothing for over a week despite various emails, I was sure I'd have to relist due to timewasting. Then out of nowhere he contacts me saying he's sorry, he was having trouble 'finding the funds' and would sort things out ASAP. I told him he had until the end of the week to pay and collect the car, and my dad wanted the car gone.
He then turned up at 8am on the day he was supposed to show up in the afternoon at my parents place. The car needed jumping as it hadnt been started in a little while, so my elderly neighbour sorted that out luckily (I was planning on doing it late morning). My dad again described everything he knew about the car, asked him if he'd like to test drive it around town, take closer looks, even have a cup of coffee, etc. The guy declined all of this and said he was happy to take the car 'as is', handed over the cash and drove off.
Now, 1-2days later I get an email from him on ebay under the 'item not as described' heading. He said that on the way home he was hearing some knocking so took it to a garage when he returned. Apparently the garage said the car needs new front discs, quoting him 253pounds.
Now, I'm willing to put some cash towards this as a good will gesture. Me nor my dad are mechanics and know little about what's going on about a car underneath its exterior, so we obviously listed everything we DID know wrong with the car, along with its mileage (105,000+) and so on in great detail. I even included a new satnav + FM transmitter with the car which the guy appeared very happy with when he collected. He then said on the email that it wasn't 'brand new' as described. As i had mentioned in the auction, I had opened it to update the software and speedcam databases for whoever bought it, and to charge it for their journey home.
I know I'm probably not obliged to contribute money towards this bill as I'm not a dealership and sold the car with no warranty. As its MOT is up in 2 months and with the massive mileage its covered you'd think this would suggest to the buyer it wouldn't be as perfect as the day it was bought.
I was as honest as I could possibly be with the auction and was more than patient with the buyer for almost a month. Keeping the car for longer cost me insurance money and obviously decreased its value just sitting there.
If you were in this position what would you do to solve any problems? I don't want to pay any money to this simpleton but I don't want to cause any problems for my dad as he's quite ill and doesn't need stress from the likes of this guy with the car which makes me think I should help with costs, say 100pounds.
tl:dr - someone bidded on my car, kept me hanging for a month, finally collected the car and paid after being '100% happy', now wants me to contribute towards repairs.
Thanks for reading!