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HarryHotspur

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HarryHotspur says:

Cat C

I bought a motorcycle from a dealer in July 2011. I recently went to trade it in for a newer model and was staggered to discover that my bike was a cat c write off. The garage have quite rightly halved their P-ex offer, meaning that I cannot go through with the deal I had already arranged. Trading standards have told me that the dealer not disclosing that the bike was a cat c at the point of sale is not illegal. I went back to the dealer where I bought the bike, he basically said tough sh*t !! I feel like I have been completely stiffed by an unscrupulous and dodgy dealer. Is there any comeback at all? Is this right? moreover, is this sort of bad practice really legal and how common is this sort of thing? The reason I bought from a dealer (and paid a dealers premium) in the first place was for an extra bit of peace of mind.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

Cat C

Tis true,that`s why some dealers offer vehicles with a H.P.I. accident check.

It could be cheaper to go back to the original dealer for a top wack trade in and H.P.I.the one you fancy.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Cat C

I do not believe that there is any obligation on the dealer to tell you - although any reputable dealer would.  (In fact most would not want them in their show room - it would be more likely to be disposed off at auction)  Although it may not be illegal it is 'sharp practice' in my opinion.

There is an obligation for the dealer, or anyone selling you a bike, to answer questions honestly - if you ask!  The only hope you have is if you have any documentation from the dealer or perhaps the original ad that claims the bike to be HPI clear.  Other than that there is nothing you can do.   

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