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Four months ago I lent my son the money to buy a car. We bought one described as “a good runner and mechanically sound” for £1300 from a dealer. Within four weeks the head gasket had cracked. The garage blames my son, saying he shouldn’t have driven it without water, but I believe the garage knew there was a problem. Is there any way we can get our money back?

Unless you can prove that the head gasket had blown before you drove the car off the forecourt you will have great difficulty getting any compensation from the dealer I’m afraid. I’m assuming there was no warranty. You would only have been entitled to your money back if you’d returned the car immediately – probably the same day.

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