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Sold a safetied 1999 civic and now buying is trying to sue me

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Sold a safetied 1999 civic and now buying is trying to sue me

A few weeks ago I sold a 1999 Honda Civic ex... prior to selling the car I brought it to my mechanic to change a tire since one tire was a mismatch tire because I got a flat a while ago. So before selling the vehicle I wanted to put the correct size tire on. While the vehicle was at the mechanics the buyer was interested in the car and asked if I could get the car safety inspected at my shop since it was there already. I said sure no problem and I asked my mechanic. My mechanic came back with a rear brake readjustment and a new tire (which I was already changing). Since that’s all it needed for a saftey I said no problem and I paid for the brake readjustment and the tire and I got the car safetied.... now this guys saying multiple things on the car are not up to saftey standards and wants me to reimburse him the money or go to court... I don’t think it’s my problem since I got the car inspected.. just wondering if I have anything to worry about
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Unless you signed the safety certificate yourself I think you're fine.

Afterall, you didn't perform the safety inspection.

The technician however may be in for some issues if the buyer pushes the issue to the Ministry of Transport.
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What are the issues the buyer is complains about?
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Tell him to knock himself out and go to court, suing the mechanic or shop that issued the safety check.

He set you up and is seeing if you'll hand him cash like a scared senior...

Why does this thread sound so familiar?
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OP has 1 post...we taken for a ride again? Nah.
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Tell him to take it up with the shop that did the safety, not you...
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Juniort99 wrote: A few weeks ago I sold a 1999 Honda Civic ex... prior to selling the car I brought it to my mechanic to change a tire since one tire was a mismatch tire because I got a flat a while ago. So before selling the vehicle I wanted to put the correct size tire on. While the vehicle was at the mechanics the buyer was interested in the car and asked if I could get the car safety inspected at my shop since it was there already. I said sure no problem and I asked my mechanic. My mechanic came back with a rear brake readjustment and a new tire (which I was already changing). Since that’s all it needed for a saftey I said no problem and I paid for the brake readjustment and the tire and I got the car safetied.... now this guys saying multiple things on the car are not up to saftey standards and wants me to reimburse him the money or go to court... I don’t think it’s my problem since I got the car inspected.. just wondering if I have anything to worry about
Buyer needs to deal with the mechanic that safetied the vehicle if he has an issue with it not being performed properly. In case he pursues you in small claims court you should make notes now on everything that happened and keep copies of receipts and records. This is what you’ll need as a defence and if everything is well-documented you will prevail.

Sounds more like rookie buying a 22 yr old vehicle and now trying to blame you for their buyer’s remorse when friends/family commented negatively on their purchase.
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I have one post because this is the first time this happened to me and I was looking for other people’s experience with this
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Dude he was interested in buying your car, he asked you to get it safety at your mechanic, your mechanic did everything and did it. Now he wants to return it?

Tell him it’s final sale! It’s a goddam 20+ year old car what do you expect?
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There’s gas leaking, brake and fuel lines are rusted out, axles are toast, front brake callipers are not good, cv boot, exhaust leak
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Juniort99 wrote: There’s gas leaking, brake and fuel lines are rusted out, axles are toast, front brake callipers are not good, cv boot, exhaust leak
How did such a vehicle get safetied or are you saying this is what the buyer claims is wrong?
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Quentin5 wrote: How did such a vehicle get safetied or are you saying this is what the buyer claims is wrong?
Maybe the mechanic overlooked some things to help OP out?

This reminds me of when I was looking to buy a winter beater years ago. The seller would only agree to have the car inspected by his own mechanic and not one of my choosing (which was also nearby, and I was going to pay for it). Big red flag.
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dealseaker101 wrote: Maybe the mechanic overlooked some things to help OP out?
Then this dude is going to lose bigly in court.
This reminds me of when I was looking to buy a winter beater years ago. The seller would only agree to have the car inspected by his own mechanic and not one of my choosing (which was also nearby, and I was going to pay for it). Big red flag.
You were right to be suspicious. I am wondering if this was a setup by the buyer though ask to get it inspected then sue saying the inspection was bad.
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Juniort99 wrote: There’s gas leaking, brake and fuel lines are rusted out, axles are toast, front brake callipers are not good, cv boot, exhaust leak
Which should never have passed a safety, nor would any buyer smelling gasoline or getting a test drive buy a car like that.

I'm crying foul on this whole thread. It doesn't make sense as these "backyard safeties" cost Mechanics and entire shops, their licenses.

Is it April Fools?
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Juniort99 wrote: There’s gas leaking, brake and fuel lines are rusted out, axles are toast, front brake callipers are not good, cv boot, exhaust leak
LOL and all this happened in a few weeks? Sounds more like the safety cert was a fraud, not saying that was at your behest but the mechanic is either lazy, incompetent, negligent (or some combination) in signing off on the safety.

Provided you had nothing to do with the fradulent safety (didn't slip the guy a $50 for passing you, etc.) then you should be in the clear as you can just shrug your shoulders, claim ignorance and say the mechanic said all was good. Buyer will have to go after the mechanic, in this case. Also I probably wouldn't go back to that mechanic if I were you.
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xjesterxx wrote: if the buyer pushes the issue to the Ministry of Transport.
That is an effort in futility,
I had a rack & pinion fail within a week of being safetied & the MOT didn't want to touch it.
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Juniort99 wrote: There’s gas leaking, brake and fuel lines are rusted out, axles are toast, front brake callipers are not good, cv boot, exhaust leak
Is this all in a written report from a licensed shop? Did buyer provide any pictures to back up the claims?
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Juniort99 wrote: There’s gas leaking, brake and fuel lines are rusted out, axles are toast, front brake callipers are not good, cv boot, exhaust leak
OK? If the buyer is claiming all this, then ask them to speak with the mechanic who did the safety, as others suggested. From my understanding, your hands are clean...unless you did some dirty work with the mechanic and safetied it with all those problems the buyers claiming it has.

Wait, are you looking to do a one-day fame with this click-bait post?
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