I'd appreciate any help opinions you could give me, before I start I am aware of the Legal Disclaimer of the site, and I will post it below. I recognise that any help given is not necessarily fact, and isn't endorsed by PS.COM, and may not be accurate. I also know that any statements and comments left are unofficial.
To add, I WILL be contacting the Citizens Advice Bureau, but I wanted to ask here as well, as I feel the more information I have the better.
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I recently bought a Motorbike from a Gentleman, I have a written receipt which I will quote verbatim below.
Now, I have just returned from the garage to be told that at some point this bike has possibly been in a serious incident. As the Top and Bottom Yokes are damaged and need to be replaced prior to MOT in October, for New Yokes I'm looking at £800. Now at no point did the seller even mention that the bike had been dropped, let alone ever in an incident. Now the bike is fine in every other way, there's no damage to the sub-frame, there's nothing else wrong with it. However I obviously want to get this fixed as quickly as possible.
Bill of Sale, This is to certify that I the above being the legal registered owner of Honda Deauville **** *** have sold this motorbike on this date to (me)
The Purchaser being given every opportunity to inspect the bike and acknowledges this is a "Sold as seen sale"
Then Signed by both of us.
Do I have any recourse? The Garage recommended I contact Citizens Advice which I WILL be doing, I've already begun my search for second hand parts, and I have been reading the Receipt from the seller, and also going through the service history and MOT paperwork. Now I have the previous MOTs, however with the previous MOT it is marked as having advisories, yet the stapled attachment listing mentioned advisories has been removed.
Is it up to me to have known this, am I at fault for failing to pay to have a Vehicle Check done? Or do I have any recourse because the previous owner failed to disclose an incident, and potentially removed documents (hard to prove).
I've been told to call him and seek his better nature to potentially offer assistance, but (not to be cynical) he probably saw me coming, laughed all the way to the bank, and will tell me to politely refrain from calling, and put the phone down.
I'm extremely angry at myself and frankly embarrassed. But nevertheless, I'd like as much information and advice as possible to come to a decision as to my next course of action.
Another thing I need to consider, while I don't KNOW the bike has been in an incident, and I couldn't tell them for definite or give any information, do I need to inform my Insurance Company that I SUSPECT it may have been?
It rides fine, it's a real pleasure, and it's perfectly roadworthy, the amount the steering is out is barely noticeable, however I take pride in my vehicles, and I want it as pristine as it can be at all times.
Also if anyone knows any reputable spares places, then I'd be very grateful is someone would PM me contact details.
I appreciate your time and consideration.
Edited by Citizen, 19 July 2011 - 01:22 PM.