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Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Postby madguy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:41 pm

OK, i just purchased a (new to us) 1995 Georgie boy pursuit, privately, as the mot had just expired we were told we would get 12 months mot and six months tax included.

However the actual owner is away in France long term and its being sorted by his brother, so i said i would help out taking it to mot station etc.

This is were the problems start, we took it for mot and it failed on ( top ball joint and play in the steering idler and rear brake pads) so it was taken away as someone else was going to fix it.

The guy however couldnt fix it due to going on holiday and apparently no one else wanted to work on it so the sellers brother checked with other garages who didnt want to touch it.

I then reccommended a well known specialist repairer based in the Northampton area as they have a fantastic reputation and i knew it would be done properly.
On investgation they determined that the mot place hadnt jacked the vehicle up correctly to inspect it and had therefore missed several problems.

When this info was given to the seller they said that they wouldnt pay for anything other than the failed items on the mot sheet and therfor removed it from the specialist.

Now they have booked it back into the garage that did the mot and failure to fix what was on the mot only and therfor get its mot.

Now i have been told by the specialist ( who i trust due to there very posative reputation) that it needs.

top and bottom ball jiont and wishbone swivel on drivers side.
stearing idler adjustment
bottom ball joint and swivel on passenger side.
Rear brake pads and brake disks.
at least one front shock absorber is leaking and all shock absorber bush's are perished.
on top of this the turbo boost valve rod is perished and about to fall off making it inoperative and the turbo vacuum gate is inoperative.

Also the fridge doesn't seem to fire up on gas, only electric so that will also need looking at at some stage.

I have also while waiting for the mot to be done installed side and reversing camera's and insured it ( so i'm already into it for more money)

The dilema now is what do i do?
do i just let them get on and do the mot as is?
do i have a word with the guy who failed it, and is now about to fix it and tell him what i have found out about the other parts mentioning that after he has mot'd it i will be taking it to the D,O,T Testing station for checking?
do i just tell them i want my money back and just accept the loss on the other bits as being to quick to add things before it was ready?

what makes this worse is that we have used all of our savings to purchase this and do't have a lot of money left for further repairs.

As you can see i'm in a dilema,

Madguy :evil:
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Re: Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Postby john.williams » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:22 pm

hi Madguy.Sorry to hear of you problems .However if the seller said he would provde a new MOT and 6 months tax that is what he is prepared to do.Dont see you can ask for more.To play one MOT tester off against another will only make matters worse.Remember buyer beware what one tester may pass another may advise or fail.Very hard to prove which one is right and may well cost you a lot of money more infact than having these items put right yourself.This is just another view point only to be considered.Best of luck in whatever you decide to do.Regards John
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Re: Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Postby madguy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:05 pm

Hi John.

Thanks for your reply, sounds like a good bit of reasoning.

I think im just a bit annoyed that i didnt get a proper check before i handed over my hand earned...my fault really i supose
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Re: Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Postby Mrtibbs » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:04 am

Hi madguy
I agree with John and also feel sympathy for your situation.
We also used the "well known RV repairer" based just outside Northampton several years ago, and the original £800 quote to service it turned into a £3200 bill..... Somehow VAT got added twice and the batteries were flat when we went to collect it and required recharging and subsequently replacing.
We use someone else these days.
I think as previously said that you were promised an MOT and it would appear that the seller is going to do that. Ask the MOT tester that tested it originally (and is going to do the advised work) to quote for the other work as it has been advised by a specialist, he may then find it as a failure or not..... but he will be aware of it then...
Good luck

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Re: Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Postby madguy » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:11 am

Thanks Keith for your reply.

Well the RV has just gone into the shop for the ball joint and other small bits and mot and as said, the seller is only responsible for the mot.

I have asked the repairer to check the other points and his is checking them so i think going forward i ill just accept it with the new mot and fix anything else as we go.

I have to say apart from that it is exceptionally nice and has extensive refurbishment inside, we have since looked at quite a few and cant really find anything else out there anywere near our budget in anything near the internal condition of this one, the cheapest we found is 2 years newer but a lot more tatty inside so that is a big plus for us.

Time to move on i think and just enjoy what we have.

Thanks

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Re: Please help, advice needed !!!!!!!

Postby Davida » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:26 am

Hi
If you still have concerns, take it for another MOT independent of the other garages and not telling them of the issues you have, if it come back clear you have peace of mind if not you should have some recourse back to the original test station.
Because of computerised systems the new test station will see it has a current MOT just explain that you are purchasing the vehicle and want an MOT for peace of mind.

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