I have bought a used car,there may be a problem with the camshaft, am I entitled to a refund?

There is a knocking noise coming from the top of the engine.
The car is 3 1/2 years old and has a used car warranty.
The car has done 32,000 miles and is a Kia Rio 1.3
I purchased the car 17 March 2007.

no you are not-you bought the used car as is, i don’t know why you would think you are entitled to a refund. you should have had a mechanic check it out before buying it.

As already stated you have less redress against a private seller than a trader or garage, howweaver I think you will find that the sale of goods act should apply. ( get free advice from office of fair trading and citizens advice bureau) the item must be of reasonable quality and suited for the purpose that the manufactures intended it, unless it it was otherwise stated at the time of purchase,12 months or normal annual mileage apply, and any known faults should be declared, in my experence this even applys to scrap yard parts and engines, hence I would never aquire or sell a secondhand part or engine to anyone, if it shows on your invoice you are legaly responsible for it, even if you merely aquired it for a customer at cost.
Also as stated it may just require ajustment but if it has suddenly appeared it may be more serious, ask main agents for an opinion.

knocking noise or a ticking noise?

If its an irritable loud tick. Then you just need to take it to a mechanic for a quick valve clearance adjustment. Its a simple enough job for him and wont take more than 30mins to an hour.

He just takes out the valve cover. Brings out a feeler gauge, a screwdriver and a couple of wrenches. Sets the engine to Top Dead Center, loosens the nut on the rocker arms, adjusts the pin on the screwdriver while measuring with the feeler gauge, tighten it back. The mechanic will do this for all the rocker arms. The more valves you got the more rocker arms he gets to adjust. I think you got a 12 Valve 4 cylinder.

The warranty should take care of your problem if you bought the car from a garage. Refund I think would be out of the question, but repair should present no problem. From what you say it is unlikely that the cam shaft is at fault.

Sorry, no refund. As soon as you drive the car off the lot at purchase, the value goes down at least $2000. Take it back to the dealership where you got it and have it looked at. If it is still under warranty, they will fix it at little or no cost to you.

If it has a warranty, which hasn’t expired, the dealer should cover the repairs. They may do it as a reimbursement though, but you can try to push them into an arrangement where they get billed by the repair shop (if they don’t have their own). Take the car back to the dealer and show them the problem.

They won’t give you a refund, but if the car is under warranty, they should fix it to your satisfaction based on what the warranty states it will cover.

Depending on the warranty, you may be entitled to a free repair, if you acted promptly when you discovered the problem.

I believe that some states have a law that entitles you to return it within 30 days.

Hunny, it sounds like you need one of the following: A valve adjustment ($70 – $100) or timing adjustment (similar pricing). Of course you dont want to pay this so WORSE CASE SCENARIO this is what you would have to do good luck.


You’d have to check the warranty, but I’m sure if you to back to the garage they’ll help you sort things out.

Best of luck !

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