AutoTrader - do they care?

Discussion in 'Dealer and Trader Experiences' started by GappySmeg, Jul 14, 2018 at 11:06 AM.

  1. GappySmeg
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    As I was in the area, I went to see this the other weekend: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201807028032153

    The CatD was 5 years ago, the history checked with BMW, and I thought there was an outside chance I might bag a bargain.
    However, the car was badly misfiring... the seller knew this as he warned me before I started the car.
    When put in to gear, the engine felt like it was going to self-destruct... clearly running on quite a few less than the requisite 6 cylinders.
    Could be failed injectors (known problem with that engine) or head gasket... whatever, it was f$%&ed!

    Annoyed that the seller had kept that quiet until I arrived, despite a couple of phone chats and text exchanges, and not wanting some other poor sap to suffer a wasted journey, when I returned home I reported the advert to Auto Trader as inaccurate.
    It says "good condition considering its age"... well an 8 year old car in good condition should be running on all its cylinders, I would've thought.
    AutoTrader have done nothing seemingly, which has surprised me a little, as I thought they may take such misleading quite seriously.

    Should I care? Would you bother to press this with AutoTrader?

    My inner sense of fair play wants me to take this further... whilst my inner laziness says move on.
     
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    I doubt AT will care much or do anything.

    Put it down to experience and move on, would be my advice.
     
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    Wow, that's quite spectacular. I suppose having no genuine competitor means they can do what they like.
    Still, I don't understand having a "Report Ad" mechanism if it means nothing.
     
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    Just not worth chasing this up, if Autotrader don t care , why should you . Agree with you about the Report Ad mechanism , no point in having it if it s not followed up .
     
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    I feel sorry for the person who actually buys it. Shameful.

    However, I do think this is the minority, I for one always prep my cars and have the servicing up to date pre sale, I’m sure others do too.
     
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