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    Default car on test drive went up in flames

    went to test drive a vectra, from a small used car dealer, and 5 miles along the road the car started to loose power, and start smoking. pulled over and within 3 mins the car was engulfed in flames! 15 feet in the air. rather scary.

    no one was hurt, but should i be telling someone? trading standards? clearly the car wasnt up to scratch and shouldnt have been on the road, never mind for sale. Should i be claiming compensation, maybe as a slap on the wrists for the dealer? The car was going to be bought as a family car, for my new baby. if this had happened after i bought it with a baby in the car i dread to think the consequances.

    cheers

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    Well can you prove the dealer knew it was faulty?

    Sounds like a diesel, where the turbo blew while you where driving it.

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    Why would you claim compensation you didnt buy it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    Why would you claim compensation you didnt buy it???


    Compensation is for loss. You didnt lose anything.

    Did all seem ok on the car prior to this? Do you have any reason to believe the garage new about a fault with the car?

    How did the garage respond?

    Might be worth letting trading standards (not sure trading standards are the correct people, but not sure who else you would speak to) know the full story and let them decided if they need to follow it up.

    Glad you were all ok though.

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    I don't believe you can prove something that the dealer already knew it, and like said you cant ask compensation for something that isnt yours

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    I don't believe you can prove something that the dealer already knew it, and like said you cant ask compensation for something that isnt yours

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    Thats 2 Vectra diesels in a week im sure some one else posted that his turbo blew and his car caught fire.. Im starting to worry...

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    no wonder our insurances are so damn high

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    lol @ compensation

    Just an unfortunate accident. You weren't hurt, your family wasn't hurt, the public weren't hurt. Chances are the dealer wouldn't have known anything was wrong with it.

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    It seems like a rather unfortunate occurence. It's a bit sad that you should even think that you should be entitled to some sort of compensation? Unless ofcourse there is something you're not telling us, like they made you walk the 5 miles back to the garage or something?

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