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    Hiya,

    as some of you may know, on 9th Sept we both quite a cheap run around (toyota starlet) for just over 3k.

    Since buying it, it has developed (or we've noticed) an oil leak ... and it doesn't start when warm. Doesn't start cold tonight, and has been abandoned in town!

    Now, are the dealers obliged to rectify these problems, or do we just have to accept we've bought a lemon.

    I shall be phoning the car dealer tomorrow am, and would love some legal advice first as to my, if any, rights

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    You should have had a guarantee from the dealer, Jon.

    It says in here.

    Buying a car from a second-hand car yard

    Do you need to sell your car before buying another? Then arranging a trade-in with a reputable car dealer may be the easiest option. Things to note:

    * You may pay a little more when buying from a motor dealer
    * Second-hand cars purchased from a dealer come with a guarantee
    * A pre-purchase check should still be done
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    A bit late now - but.

    Most car dealers are very protective of their reputation and sell more cars by word of mouth.

    A subtle reference of vs $ should help the issue be resolved. After all they want you as a repeat customer especially as you will be percieved to be much wealthier than you were last week.

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    Just to tie this one up for anyone else - if the car dealer is a Registered Motor Vehicle Trader (Look for RMVT, RMVD or sometimes LMVD) then the cars they sell are covered by the consumer guarantees act for a limited amount of time. Cars bought from auction, and this includes Trademe auctions, or privately are sold 'AIWI' or As Is Where Is, which means you have no come backs.

    Usually car dealers are happy to make repairs if the car has problems, but some shady back street ones or 'home dealers' will be more difficult to pin down.
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    Oh, car problems..what a nightmare in most cases... leaking oil, hard starts could be alot of things only leaves me to ask a valuable question.

    What is the Mr. Reliable car for NZ?
    What vehicle is less likely to break your wallet to repair?
    Thanks

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    Landcruiser. No ifs, no buts, no others.

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    Hondas and other Japanese cars have good reliability reputations. I've been very happy with each one I've had, or my family has had.
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    Only one problem with Landcruisers, the massive engine breaks your wallet in running costs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
    Only one problem with Landcruisers, the massive engine breaks your wallet in running costs!
    Aye, but it's worth it. I'd rather eat Watties Beans and drive my 'cruiser than eat Heinz and be seen in anything else! :)

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    We'll have to ditch ours when we leave the Middle East and cheap(er) petrol. In Qatar, I'm sure Cruisers outnumber all the other vehicle types, but then they can afford to run them.
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