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Hi, looking for some advice. I've been well and truly ripped off by a dealer in Nottingham, SON prestige and now don't know what to do. We bought a face lifted 2002 L322 for £11,000 about 8 months ago so I'm not covered by the Sales of Goods act as thats only the first 6 months. It's had endless issues but trader won't fix or refund. I've just tried to MOT it and it's failed because there is extensive corrosion to the chassis and brake pipes.

It's quoted as £2/3k to fix which I just don't have. Should I sell it to breakers or as a MOT fail for a project? I'm out of suggestions, broke, devastated and don't know what else to do. Court is not an option that will also cost upto £2k which if I lose, I'll be in an even worse situation. Any advice welcomed.
 

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Get a second opinion on the MOT situation?
And what are they classing as "extensive corrosion to the chassis" exactly? Where is this corrosion etc?
Being a unibody, if it is as bad as they say it is, it will be an uphill battle to keep it on the road.
Now, you paid ELEVEN THOUSAND pounds for a 2002 within a year ago?? Holy crap. And a butchered one at that?
That amount should have got you into a later one, negating the need for the "facelift" in my opinion. Why folks do that is beyond me, then they sell it on for more money? Wow. Nice way of covering up a shagged out POS though huh.....
Sorry for your hassles though

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I'd go all out ! Trading standards /watchdog etc ?


Even tho it's past the 6 months warranty. You've said you had problems what the dealer hasn't fixed ? Or decided to ignore ?


Even if this doesn't fix your l322 it help future buyers to realise his dodgy may be


Just my input lol. Sorry doesn't help with the fixing of your range :(




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I'd go all out ! Trading standards /watchdog etc ?


Even tho it's past the 6 months warranty. You've said you had problems what the dealer hasn't fixed ? Or decided to ignore ?


Even if this doesn't fix your l322 it help future buyers to realise his dodgy may be


Just my input lol. Sorry doesn't help with the fixing of your range :(




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Having been through a similar situation with a brand new LR product, I wouldn't waste your time seeking any form of resolution through the courts, even if you did win, all that is placed against the dealer is a County Court Judgement, this doesn't force them to give you your money back and your stuck with all of your costs.

Consider whether you really like the car or not, if you do, take it to a good LR specialist, get them to have a look at it and get their honest opinion of the car, then take it from there, as sometimes other garages see Range Rover and see £££ signs or inflate the price because its a pig of a job. Your local Indy make take it off your hands as a parts car for more than a scrap dealer.

£11k sounds very steep for an 02, even a face lifted one. If its not been well maintained in the last 12 years, its only going to turn into a money pit.

I really do feel for you, its an awful situation to be in.
 

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There is no way that it will require £2000 - £3000 worth of welding and brake pipes, brake pipes are cheap to buy and it only takes a few hours to change the lot....

Find out exactly what needs welding, take it to several different places and ask for a quote, unless it's constantly been used to launch a boat in the sea and the whole back end is rusty I can't see it costing more than a few hundred in repairs...

As has been said unfortunately you paid well over the top for it, my 2002 cost £4500 in April and a conversion is less than £2000 in parts....

Next time you buy a car get an AA or RAC inspection done on it no matter how pleasant the seller seems, they will find out any problems and tell you if it is value for money....
 

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Not sure your info about sales of goods act is accurate - I once got the BMW dealer in Stafford to do over a grands worth of work on a car I bought from them, used, 4 years previously, based on sale of goods act; but honestly, unless you're dealing with a main dealer I don't think you've not got much hope there I'm afraid.

I've currently got a big problem with the engine in mine and it's going to an independent LR specialist in Telford (Roean Land Rover)
on Thursday. I've never used them before but they have come highly recommended and their labour rates are very well priced and based on conversations I've had over the phone, they seem very honest and now what they're talking about - Not sure if that's too far for you, but could be worth a chat with them? At least do a lot of searching for a local independent, and it may be worth looking a little further afield if it could save you a fair bit of cash. Good Luck.

FYI - I've just been offered 2,500 for mine - if it was sold with a knackered engine - it's a 2003, 4.4 vogue :-(
 
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