blurp <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> A friend of mine recently purchased a car from a place out in deep
> Mississauga. They had advertised the car, a 1986 240DL, as $1995
> Certified and E-tested and a drive and a visual inspection seemd to
> indicate the car was in pretty good shape. When my friend went in to
> pay for the car she was told there was a $475 "Administration Fee"
> which would cover all of the costs of Certification and E-testing
> (this stank of bait-and-switch to me but the location was so
> impossible she agreed so she could pick it up on the next trip out
> About 10 days later I had the opportunity to drive the car and found
> that the parking brake was completely non-functional. Closer scrutiny
> by another mechanic revealed that the underbody was rotted out enough
> to push one's finger through and they had just spray-painted it black.
These are not major violations.
The parking brake is most likely a cable problem. If the parking brake
on a 240 is not used, it tends to freeze up. Many people have this
problem and don't know it since they don't use the parking brake.
Since this is a unibody, the body rot in the floor area usually is not
critical except for keeping out toxic gases from the exhaust. A simple
patch job that seals out the gases will make it safe. Also, a check for
exhaust leaks is a good step.
I agree that the scoundrels that sold the car were unscrupulous but I
don't think I would trust them to make good. I would try to get them to
pay for a reputable shop to do the work. In the US a Attorney General
has this power. He finds the shop in violation of state laws and orders
them to make good as part of a settlement. Your mileage may vary.
Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA, USA
Owned '67,'68,'71,'74,'79,'81,'87,'93,'95 & '01 Volvos.
The '67,'74,'79,'87,'95 and '01 through European Delivery.