What to do when your car breaks down a day after purchase
Here are the steps to take, whether you bought the car from a private dealer or a dealership
Imagine you finally buy the car you’ve wanted for months and, after driving it for a few kilometres, the engine gives in. As much as this is a scenario you may not want to think of, it can happen. In some cases, when buying a second-hand car, the seller isn’t particularly truthful in mentioning the problems the car has, which may leave the buyer with the burden and additional costs of fixing those problems. If you’re looking at buying a second-hand car, then you need to weigh your options and make sure you do not fall victim to unknowingly buying a problematic vehicle. However, if it’s too late for that, here are a few factors to consider if your second-hand car breaks down a day after purchase: What are your rights when buying from a private buyer? When you buy your car from a private buyer, caveat emptor (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) applies. This simply means the seller has more information on the product than the buyer does. In most cases, sellers can only be held liable if...
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