I recently saw a car advertised on TradeMe. I went and viewed the car, took it for a test drive and made an offer which was turned down (the seller was out of town so I was dealing with his Dad). I left my details and the seller got back to me after the listing ended. He wants to accept my offer if I'm still interested so we agree on a sale.
He's still out of town so I go visit his old man to make payment and collect the keys. I then pick up the car from the seller's address and take it home. When home I clean it out and then I notice the rego is expired (Dec 2009). I rechecked the listing and see that it was listed as valid until Dec 2010.
I've contacted the buyer and he said it was his mum's mistake as she set up the listing. He's not interested in paying the difference ($127 for six months rego). Now, if the sale had gone through under TradeMe I could have gone through them stating the car was not as advertised. But as we completed the sale outside of TM where do I stand on trying to recover the funds? Or is this a cost I'm going to have to swallow?
Cheers in advance.