dbs555

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Car purchase in Turkey
Hi there, wondering if I could get some guidance please on behalf of my elderly in-laws who live in Turkey and seemingly get ripped off by people as a hobby.

They recently had to get their UK car out of the country so they brought it back to UK, flew back out to Turkey and brought a car. They didn’t follow any of the normal sensible things the internet tells them to do so what they’ve done is:


Not had car checked over
Brought it privately.
Paid cash directly to seller.

Now my FIL knows enough about cars and knew this car needed work which the seller said would sort out - the seller was recommended by their builder who has also ripped them off (sold an apartment and not paid them the money because he “needed” it but that’s another story). Despite all the warning signs FIL thought he could trust the seller because the bloke said he would sort stuff out. I mean crooks don’t lie do they? Any road he got the car a couple of days ago and low and behold the car is a piece of junk and breaks down regularly. The seller has said their is nothing wrong with the car and it’s the way they drive it and basically to shove it.

My question is do they have any recourse or is it the usual a fool and their money story?

Cheers
David
 

enoch

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Car purchase in Turkey
Not sure how it goes, but you read about people going to, its like a citizens advice. The law now I think because of the price of cars, they need a paper for condition before sale but not sure if there is a minimum price? All sales should go through the notary now. You could also try going to the police and explain what as happened I've known that work on other matters in alanya.
 
Car purchase in Turkey
IMO I think we’re in the realms of, “bought as seen”.
It sounds harsh but that’s how Turkey rolls.
Legal action(s) in Turkey don’t come cheap & lawyers tend to take cases on knowing full well they’ll lose but still get their own pay packet.

Don’t be hard on the in-laws, many of us have fallen foul over deals in Turkey AND the UK.
 

enoch

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Car purchase in Turkey
IMO I think we’re in the realms of, “bought as seen”.
It sounds harsh but that’s how Turkey rolls.
Legal action(s) in Turkey don’t come cheap & lawyers tend to take cases on knowing full well they’ll lose but still get their own pay packet.

Don’t be hard on the in-laws, many of us have fallen foul over deals in Turkey AND the UK.
There is new laws now, but it could still be linked to value.
 

Saoirse

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Car purchase in Turkey
Have read this a few times and just dont get it

If someone ripped you off on something serious like a property swindle why in gods name would you still be on speaking terms with them let alone taking " their word" as regards recommendation for a car seller

Doesn't make sense
 

dbs555

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Car purchase in Turkey
IMO I think we’re in the realms of, “bought as seen”.
It sounds harsh but that’s how Turkey rolls.
Legal action(s) in Turkey don’t come cheap & lawyers tend to take cases on knowing full well they’ll lose but still get their own pay packet.

Don’t be hard on the in-laws, many of us have fallen foul over deals in Turkey AND the UK.

That’s really the crux of my question. In the UK buying privately is “buyer beware” but wasn’t sure if same type of law in Turkey.

I won’t be too hard on father in law, I’ll leave that to my mother in law!!
 
Car purchase in Turkey
That’s really the crux of my question. In the UK buying privately is “buyer beware” but wasn’t sure if same type of law in Turkey.

I won’t be too hard on father in law, I’ll leave that to my mother in law!!
Anything involving buying or selling in Turkey is a buyer beware alert & that’s even the Turks attitude.
I’ve bought two cars in Turkey, both new from garages, even then I took Turkish friends with me......they squeezed the juice out of the sales person. Quite funny to watch.
Nonetheless a bad experience for your in-laws, at least they haven’t become your outlaws over it.
 

dbs555

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Car purchase in Turkey
Have read this a few times and just dont get it

If someone ripped you off on something serious like a property swindle why in gods name would you still be on speaking terms with them let alone taking " their word" as regards recommendation for a car seller

Doesn't make sense

It doesn’t make sense at all. My father in law is a complete push over which you wouldn’t believe if you knew him when he lived in the UK.

The back story is:

They had a Villa and an apartment. Brought some land up on a hill with a half built villa and then had builder finish the work (to a pretty poor standard if you ask me). My in laws wanted to sell the apartment so made builder power of attorney, he promptly sold it and didn’t give them the money - in fact they’ve never had any proof of the price he sold it for.

The builder has since given them a little bit of money but mostly excuses - and my father in law has felt sorry for him because as far as he is concerned he’s a nice bloke that doesn’t have the money!! Even though FIL spends 90% of his time complaining about the workmanship of the house he built.

I warned him about buying a car, do it properly etc etc but he has to rush in where angels fear to tread.
 
Car purchase in Turkey
It doesn’t make sense at all. My father in law is a complete push over which you wouldn’t believe if you knew him when he lived in the UK.

The back story is:

They had a Villa and an apartment. Brought some land up on a hill with a half built villa and then had builder finish the work (to a pretty poor standard if you ask me). My in laws wanted to sell the apartment so made builder power of attorney, he promptly sold it and didn’t give them the money - in fact they’ve never had any proof of the price he sold it for.

The builder has since given them a little bit of money but mostly excuses - and my father in law has felt sorry for him because as far as he is concerned he’s a nice bloke that doesn’t have the money!! Even though FIL spends 90% of his time complaining about the workmanship of the house he built.

I warned him about buying a car, do it properly etc etc but he has to rush in where angels fear to tread.
Horrific........I'm surprised that "my Mother needs an operation" hasn't been thrown at him.
One of the biggest issues for expats is the thinking of like for like.
When dealing in Turkey its no good comparing anything with how it works in the UK.
 

dbs555

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Car purchase in Turkey
Horrific........I'm surprised that "my Mother needs an operation" hasn't been thrown at him.
One of the biggest issues for expats is the thinking of like for like.
When dealing in Turkey its no good comparing anything with how it works in the UK.

The daft thing is he wouldn’t put up with it in the UK. I guess he feels more vulnerable not fully understanding things and relies on locals to tell him what’s what.
 
Car purchase in Turkey
The daft thing is he wouldn’t put up with it in the UK. I guess he feels more vulnerable not fully understanding things and relies on locals to tell him what’s what.
My wife used to buy “lucky heather” from gypsies thinking it was rare, she’s from Lincolnshire. When I took her down do Somerset, she only then realised there were fields of the stuff 😂
We all learn from our mistakes and pass that knowledge onto others.
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Car purchase in Turkey
Zabita are a bit like 'trading standards' officers. They oversee things like fair trading in markets. We had major hassles with Zabita when the site we lived in released all the pool water down the street in Bodrum in the 1990s.
dbs, do your parents speak Turkish?
 
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dbs555

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Car purchase in Turkey
Zabita are a bit like 'trading standards' officers. they oversee tings like fair trading in markets. We had major hassles with Zabita when the site we lived in released all the pool water down the street in Bodrum in the 1990s.
dbs, do your parents speak Turkish?

Thanks for the info. No they don’t speak Turkish. As much as I love them they aren’t the most savvy people you’ll ever meet.
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Car purchase in Turkey
Thanks for the info. No they don’t speak Turkish. As much as I love them they aren’t the most savvy people you’ll ever meet.
IMHO they just have to bite the bullet on this one. Chalk it up to experience. Most of us have had regrettable experiences with buying cars.
 

REDDERS

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Car purchase in Turkey
As the law stands, only vehicles under 8 years old Must have an ''expertise report''. Now you see many of these specialised workshops popping up on industrial estates, with brake rollers & electronic paint thickness testers etc..
As it was a private sale the only recourse he 'may' get is if the vehicle is unroadworthy & that would mean taking the seller to court.
 

dbs555

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Car purchase in Turkey
As the law stands, only vehicles under 8 years old Must have an ''expertise report''. Now you see many of these specialised workshops popping up on industrial estates, with brake rollers & electronic paint thickness testers etc..
As it was a private sale the only recourse he 'may' get is if the vehicle is unroadworthy & that would mean taking the seller to court.

Great, thanks a lot. As others have said chalk it up to experience. Not a cheap mistake as the banger was about £5k
 

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