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Before anyone says buyer beware or you should have inspected it better blah blah blah. I’m not writing this to get attacked or shamed. I’m writing it to vent. Everyone knows we’re in recession and things are tough. I’m a single income man who supports his wife and 3 kids, I work in the construction industry which has taken a major hit over the last couple of years. This year being the worst. So the wife and I decided that we would use what we had in savings to buy her a used car. A beater, something that could get her to be able to get the kids off to school and get her back working again as its tough to find anything close to where we live.

After searching for 3 weeks we were getting tired of looking and came across what sounded like an amazing first vehicle for her. 2006 chev optra. 192000 km. In all reality it should have some life left. Be good for at least a year driving around the city. I called the guy and asked questions. Like is this a safe car for my young family. He sounded confident and stated there was nothing wrong. We went and looked at it and he explained that he replaced the front brakes and that the rears would need to be done which is nothing, I can accept that. He repeatedly stated it’s a great car nothing wrong other than that. So we decided to purchase it.

Not even 1 km into the drive home it starts making crazy bad noises coming from the front breaks which he just had replaced. We took it into a friend’s to replace the rears test drove it its still making noise. Checked the fronts they are screwed. Anyways the car is pile of crap and he screwed my family over. Check the attached kijiji ad.

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  1. “He screwed my family over” should be re-written as, “I allowed someone to screw my family over”.

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    • No one should have free rein to fuck people over, in the old days he would get his ass beat and run outta town as a fraud.

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    • Scooter Jones Lets take a look at the facts:
      1. The guy advertised a car for sale
      2. The guy said he fixed the front brakes himself.
      3. There wasn’t an inspection done.
      4. There doesn’t seem to be a test drive done.
      5. When he drove it away. he noticed noises coming from the front end. Jeez, could that be noises from front end brake work done by someone who didn’t know how to do brakes?
      6. The OP then says, “the car is a piece of crap”, but only mentions that the front end had noises.
      6. The guy selling it says, “Its a great car with nothing wrong”. This is coming from the guy that thought that he could change front brakes himself. Maybe up until then it had been a great car.

      Is there a chance that the guy sold a piece of crap knowing it was a piece of crap? Sure. Is there a chance that the guy who sold it thought that this was the car from God and it was perfect? Sure.

      As a society we are more willing to point the finger of blame onto the other person. I, too, would be mad if I bought a piece of garbage. But I would be even more mad that I didn’t follow what countless webpages and opinions tell you to do when you buy a used car from a private seller – get it inspected.

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    • I agree the onus is on the buyer. I always buy used and try to do my homework. But lately it seems that it is perfectly normal for sellers to fuck over buyers and lie and cheat their way to a sale. I bouht a truck once, drove it crawled all over it, had a few probs but nothing major. Gave a deposit showed up next day with funds, paid and drove away. Truck stalled at first light and wouldnt start. Lifted the hood and saw the prick had changed out both new batteries for two old ones. After back and forth on the phone he refused any further discussion, so I went back to his house, sat down with his parents, had coffee with them and discussed their sons actions. He was livid and threatened my life and in the end I never got the batteries back but hopefully his parents talked some sense into him. Nemur Fayad is the prick.

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    • Scooter Jones So quite different than the “beat his ass” process. I like the bringing in the parents angle.

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  2. Did you call the seller to discuss or was posting here your first reaction?

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  3. Amberlyn Ash Amberlyn Ash says:

    Did you test drive it before purchase?

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  4. Sorry that had to happen, people are dicks. This is why I take down info and ask to see their ID. Don’t be afraid o let them know you will claim your money back one way or another if they cheat you. It’s threatening but cops can’t do anything to them if they ripped you off.

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    • Its right there on the Bill of Sale – a line for ID. But in this case unless the seller presented a false inspection report its buyer beware.

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    • I’m very adverse to being a victim. I don’t believe the law is strong enough to make a criminal repent for their crimes. Criminals need to learn they have to put up a good fight if they are gonna be cunts. Bitch thieves deserve their fingers cut off. I know how it feels to have thousands of dollars taken from you and having no power to stop it. I beat the shit out of the thief and to my knowledge, he’s not a thief. Taught him a good lesson.

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    • There’s nothing cops or court can do about it.

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  5. Did u take the vehicle for a test drive? Any time you buy a used car from an dealer or kijiji you need to look over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb. And if the seller knew there would be issues, in a perfect moral world you should have been told the issues but as a consumer, it’s your responsibility to ensure you get a good deal. Next time do your homework, inspect the vehicle closely!

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  6. Skye Brown Skye Brown says:

    Insist on an inspection done before you buy at a place of your choosing. If they balk then walk away. Test drive the vehicle.

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  7. Did U not take it for a test drive??

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  8. It’s a shame you didn’t think to test drive it but a bigger shame on that person who sold it to you! Did you call him? Maybe he hasn’t driven it since they got fixed. Or maybe if he did know, he would refund even part of the money. I can’t see him giving it all back or any if he’s shady. But start there.

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  9. Amy Rowland Amy Rowland says:

    Sorry this happened to you, whether you took for an inspection or test drove the vehicle, the person selling this car is a likely aware of all the issues prior to selling and that should be criminal! Unfortunately I think we’ve all been there and the fraudulent person behind this is surely at fault not you or your family. Maybe their are some amazing Edmontonians on here that could help you? Sadly if I can’t fix something with a butter knife I call an expert!

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    • How is it criminal?? What do you suggest people do with vehicles that need repair but can’t afford to or don’t want to pay to fix it?

      Thats what an “as is” sale is. Many people buy broken down items and fix them.

      OP did not take the proper and obvious steps when buying a used vehicle, especially when it’s a personal sale. Unfortunately this is no one’s fault but theirs.

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    • Amy Rowland Amy Rowland says:

      Charlene Piche if I was selling anything that required repair it would be stated, honesty and integrity…but maybe that’s just me. Criminal in the sense that you are fraudulently exchanging money for something you know isn’t accurately advertised. Yes you should research and be an informed buyer.

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    • Amy Rowland Where was the fraud? “This is a great car and has no problems” is an opinion.

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    • Amy Rowland Amy Rowland says:

      Alden Gushnowski actually it’s the nicest colour, or the best car I’ve owned would be an opinion as that’s subjective, problems specifically brakes would be factual and not support the statement it has no problems.

      I’m honoured you replied though even if we disagree! I find you hilarious and heart warming at the same time with your responses however I’ll hold my opinion on this item and hope that Edmontonians form more of a community on this site to help one another instead of blame one another for mistakes made in situations.

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  10. Ed Bloom Ed Bloom says:

    Unfortunately there are alot of dishonest people who do this. It costs money to inspect used vehicles….better in the long run. No pun intended.

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  11. You work in the construction industry and couldn’t tell that the brakes were bad
    You didn’t do a simple google search to find out that the optra has horrible owner reviews

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  12. This is why I keep chickening outta buying another car … hopefully going to a dealership is a better guarantee

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  13. A mechanical inspection before purchase.

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  14. If your wife goes back to work the cost of having a vehicle, insurance, and childcare while she is at work, will eat her income up. Better for her to work from home if possible, such as providing babysitting services even if its just for 2 kids at $4 an hour each.. that’s like over $60 a day if she has 2 for 8 hours each – an easy win!

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  15. I would have took it right to the house I bought it from and got my cash back from the loser

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  16. Does the bill of sale say “as is” on it? If not, then you can do something about it.

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  17. Jack says:

    A chevy optra with that kind of mileage is garbage any way you look at it.

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  18. So he replaced the front brakes himself, and after 1 km you noticed that there was noise coming from the front brakes. How does that make the entire car a piece of crap? And how does that mean he screwed your family over?

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  19. It’s called a mechanical inspection. Might want to try it next time.

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  20. I am soory this happend to you

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  21. Codeh Timm Codeh Timm says:

    Rotors and pads for that car at my cost front brake pads $28 and $60 for both rotors on my account I’ll even do the work for free, I hate seeing people down and out and shafted pm me ill be more than happy to help at no charge to you.

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  22. Vehicles older than 10 years require an inspection for insurance in Alberta. Any seller hesitant to get one done for you should be informed that any potential buyer is entitled to it

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  23. Just so you know the vehicle should of went in for a mandatory inspection prior to purchase, it is over 10 years old. Then that would have solved the problem right there.

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  24. Always, always, always get an inspection before purchasing.

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  25. Should have had it inspected , people are horrible

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  26. I may be wrong but are you not required to have the vehicle.inspected to get it insured if it’s over 10 years old?

    Either way, I had a buyer say the same about me. I had an old truck I was selling. I offered to have the vehicle inspected for him before purchase. He refused. We exchanged vehicle and funds. A week later he came back demanding his money back saying the tranny was shot. I knew there was issues but I’m no mechanic. I offered him to get it inspected. And I listed “as is” on the bill of sale. So obviously I refunded no money.

    My point being, I did not screw him over, his own irresponsibility was at fault……. it sucks losing out especially in these times, but even saying theres no problems. If hes not a mechanic he cant say for sure and the vehicle is over 10 years old with what 200k on it. Im sorry, you impluse purchased, made a mistake and now have to pay for it…. it sucks but this is not the sellers fault.

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  27. He specifically stated he knows he got screwed, no need to rub salt in his wounds. He just wanted to vent. Yet out come all the haters, finger pointers and jerks with their “you are an idiot.” Man it’s a tough, tough world when someone just can’t say, I messed up but dang it hurts. At the end of the day, the seller didn’t disclose all the issues.

    When something crappy happens to us we look for others to commiserate with us. A fellow human to pat us on the back and listen and offer some words to say our situation is a tough one and we get it. Most people would not keep people like all these keyboard warriors around in their real lives who have no compassion, understanding or a gentle way of getting their point across. OP…I hate that this happened to you. This isn’t ok, but we all know there are people like that seller around. You will probably NEVER go down this route again. There are some good people offering their help on your post. Hope something positive comes out of this situation.

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  28. Can you please message me. I have a few questions about the guy who sold it to you please and if that car happened to be black

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  29. did you not take it for a drive? Or have it inspected ? Or at the very least take someone with you who actually knows something about cars and what to look for? even I knew to do this when I bought a used car. Sorry about your luck but there are lots of shady people out there and you really need to do your homework!

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  30. make a complaint against that seller there sry that happened to you 🙁

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  31. I bought a 91 AWD Turbo Eagle Talon for $6000.

    The car looked mint, went for a test drive with the kids mom and my best friend.

    The car was mint, had a wicked stereo system, side gauges, tint, wheels and rims, it was very esthetically pleasing.

    It drove great, sounded great.

    The kid kept saying he’s not sure he wants to sell it, maybe he shouldn’t blah blah blah. An hour later he finalized the deal and I paid for the car.

    On the way home the engine light came on. I tried calling them to ask some questions and they wouldn’t answer.

    Anyways about 3 weeks later after some random problems kept coming up I took the stupid car to a mechanic and he told me the head gasket was blown and listed off a bunch of other problems that needed to be fixed.

    I couldn’t afford to fix it so I ended up selling it for parts for $700

    I’ve never bought a used vehicle since and I never will again.

    I’m still salty AF about it.

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  32. I see no where in here that says you test drove this vehicle. Sorry bud but this sounds like you allowed yourself to be screwed over. It’s a used vehicle. Asking some questions isn’t good enough. As someone in the construction industry you should understand the importance of “due diligence”. Check fluids. Start it and let it run awhile. Drive it for more than a couple spins around the block. Get some actual information on the vehicles past like if it’s been in any accidents. Throw a jack under it and take a look at things. You would have been able to SEE if he was telling the truth about the front brakes if you had been paying attention.

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