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Throwing a wobbly

Asked by Bill Sutor

MY WIFE and I bought a 2004 Hyundai Getz for our daughter. It has done 41,000km and is in great condition and fitted with a set of chrome wheels, but because she was limited to 80km/h while on her learner's permit we never noticed anything amiss. When my wife drove the car at 110km/h we found a fairly intense wheel wobble. We returned the vehicle to the vendor, with no luck in eliminating the problem. I took the vehicle to a Hyundai dealer and was told the after-market wheels were a multi-fit type, which has eight holes to suit different stud patterns, and this prevents the wheels centring themselves when the nuts are tightened. The vehicle is under a five-year warranty, but nobody wants to admit that the chrome wheels were on the car when it was sold as a new vehicle. Do I have any rights to have the wheels replaced either by the original vendor, or the vendor who sold us the car?

Answered by CarsGuide

4 Dec 2009 Graham Smith

IF YOU are unhappy with the car take it back to the place of purchase. You have no claim against the dealer who sold the car in the first place, the deal you have done is with the person you bought the car from. If you have no satisfaction there you could claim it wasn't fit for the purpose for which it was sold and pursue some form of compensation.

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