This is a summary of why I warn and recommend you not to purchase any vehicles from this seller.
• Multiple mechanical faults.
• Wiring loom fault.
• Safety First: Dodgy brakes, spongy and non-existant.
• Battery was drilled (Unheard-of) and doesn't hold charge.
• Central locking problem.
• Sunroof leaks.
• Came without a stereo.
Storey of what this seller did to me.
It only took two 5 minute phone calls before I trustingly transferred £1650 directly into his account. The car was delivered as arranged but I was surprised to enter the driver’s seat to discover a whole in the dash where the stereo should be. This shocked me as I questioned him about the stereo the two times I called him and he repeatedly stated that it had a CD player but could not assure me what kind as he has so many cars and fails to remember audio specifications. I took this as a sign that there are hidden faults I was yet to be made aware of and wished I had listened to my girlfriend who advised me not to purchase the car after she overheard him yelling at me over the phone (which was not on loudspeaker) the first time I called him.
I took the car for a test drive after checking it over as thoroughly as I could and was alarmed at the state of the brakes. The pedal was spongy and the delivery was so subtle that the brakes where virtually non-existent. After parking it and locking it for the first time and revisiting it the following day and was unable to unlock the drivers door and had to enter the (two door) car through the passenger’s side to unlock the driver’s door.
After all the apparent problems where identified and the lack of money needed to repair the faults I purchased a cover so I could cover it up and attend to it when I have the funds and time. I knew that the battery would be drained if I left it in an unused car for months and attempted to remove it. To my surprise I realised a screw sticking out of a hole that was drilled in the positive anode. This was obviously an improvisational technique to mask the fact that the dead battery fails to hold a charge as well as a major wiring loom defect.
I have knowledge about some cars with sunroofs and after all the problems I discovered I instinctively decided to empty a bucket over the roof and was expecting it to leak. It leaked as expected, which was contrary to his reply when asked if the roof leaked. One of my neighbours is a retired mechanic and did me a favour by checking out the mechanical side of the vehicle. He informed me that the underside of the car was quite rusty and that the engine cannot be relied on which answered the question of why it backfires when decelerating.
When I called him about the car he stated that the backfiring was a result of the tuning a properly modified car exhibits. I probed about the missing stereo and he promised to post me one after rudely denying that he did not state the car had a stereo. After two weeks of waiting for a stereo I called him again and he replied that he left the dispatch with an employee and would swiftly forward me a tracking number. After another long period of waiting he stopped answering my calls and replying to my text messages. I called him from a colleague’s phone and he answered to say that that same day he would call me personally. I tried to call him again and he failed to answer. The last time I called him was from another colleague’s phone and he hung up immediately after I mentioned who I was.
I am currently in the process of reporting him to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency after the DVLA advised me about the unsafe state of the car and the gross negligence he showed by not sending off a change of ownership slip to transfer the registration. If you are seriously considering buying a vehicle from him or paying him for services this review is a warning to you. I will conclude by emphasising the valid opinion that you go elsewhere.