HELP!! car radiators leaking :(

ok so my OH bought a car yesturday, 2nd hand and was from a small dealership, picked it up this morning and drove bout 50 miles, was all fine but on the way home engine light came on and when we popped the bonnet there was alot of smoke.
after futher inspeaction we've now discovered that its the radiator leaking, tried radweld but doesnt seem to have worked that well.
does anyboy know the best solution? we cant really afford for a new radiator
its a '99 vauxhall tigra 1.6..
thanks in advance!!

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There is a temporary fix involving an egg I believe..

Does it say "trade sale - sold as seen" on the receipt?

Original Poster

havent tried that as radweld is a better solution. my OH has to drive back down to dorset from yorkshire on sunday so need help soonish

Take it back.

Original Poster

jtx;6200229

Does it say "trade sale - sold as seen" on the receipt?


erm im not to sure...why?? :oops:

Take it back ,If radweld doesnt seal it there is a good chance theat the head gasket has gone and is pressurising the system,

sig1169;6200252

erm im not to sure...why?? :oops:



You may/may not need more than a radiator if it's overheated.

I'd be looking for my money back tbh.

Why did'nt you go or phone the seller immediately:thinking:

What does the receipt say?

sig1169;6200252

erm im not to sure...why?? :oops:



Legally "sold as seen" is meaningless from a trader. The bottom end of the car dealer market try it on as it implies that you have no comeback if the car turns out to be unroadworthy. Dealers are covered by the Sale of Goods Act (berr.gov.uk/wha…tml).

A leaky radiator in an older car (particularly if it was bought at a knockdown price) is a bit tricky. Your best bet is to go back to the dealer and see what he says. If he tells you to "go away" then you would have to consider whether it's worth taking him to the Small Claims Court. You'd need to be able to demonstrate that the fault existed at the time of purchase and/or that the vehicle was not fit for purpose. Unless you're confident that you know what you're doing, you'd probably need legal help and this can be expensive if you didn't win.

If the cost of the radiator is, say, less than a couple of hundred pound, you'd probably be better off paying for it yourself if the dealer won't do anything.

Best advice is take it to a reliable garage to find out exactly what's wrong and how much it'll cost to fix then approach the dealer.

tony_s1;6200432

Legally "sold as seen" is meaningless from a trader. The bottom end of … Legally "sold as seen" is meaningless from a trader. The bottom end of the car dealer market try it on as it implies that you have no comeback if the car turns out to be unroadworthy. Dealers are covered by the Sale of Goods Act (http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/consumers/fact-sheets/page38311.html).A leaky radiator in an older car (particularly if it was bought at a knockdown price) is a bit tricky. Your best bet is to go back to the dealer and see what he says. If he tells you to "go away" then you would have to consider whether it's worth taking him to the Small Claims Court. You'd need to be able to demonstrate that the fault existed at the time of purchase and/or that the vehicle was not fit for purpose. Unless you're confident that you know what you're doing, you'd probably need legal help and this can be expensive if you didn't win. If the cost of the radiator is, say, less than a couple of hundred pound, you'd probably be better off paying for it yourself if the dealer won't do anything.Best advice is take it to a reliable garage to find out exactly what's wrong and how much it'll cost to fix then approach the dealer.



+1

I bought a car last year and an injector went, The garage where I bought it had it fixed no quibbles. A couple of years a go bought a car from a garage and one of the driveshafts had gone, They also fixed it.

Both times I thought they'd just tell me to go away, However they were more than helpful.

If you don't ask, You don't get.

sig1169;6200243

havent tried that as radweld is a better solution. my OH has to drive … havent tried that as radweld is a better solution. my OH has to drive back down to dorset from yorkshire on sunday so need help soonish



K-seal is far better then radweld any good motorist shop will sell it, cost £10 a bottle, if you get some make sure he shakes it well .

]K-seal website

or take copious amounts of water with you and keep filling it up, far from ideal but if radweld etc doesnt help;-)
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