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NT Bought Car on Gumtree - Can't Get Deposit Back

Discussion in 'Australian Consumer Law Forum' started by Alexander1990, 7 September 2014.

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  1. Alexander1990

    Alexander1990 Member

    7 September 2014
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    Hi, I recently tried to buy a car of the website gumtree. I met with the owner and test drove the car, then decided I'll buy the car for $6000. I payed $3000 deposit internet transfer to owner. One week later, I returned as agreed to finalise the purchase, but instead got bad news from the owner saying he had changed he's mind and did not want to sell the car anymore. So I asked for my $3000 deposit back and in reply was told no from the owner and there's nothing I can do legally to get my deposit back? Do I have anyway legally to get my money back under Australian Consumer Law?
  2. CathL

    CathL Well-Known Member

    19 April 2014
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    Hi @Alexander1990
    1. Do you have anything in writing? (including emails and texts)
    2. How did you make the internet transfer? (PayPal, bank account?)
    3. Have you reported this to the Gumtree Customer Safety Team - Gumtree have a help page “What do I do if I have been defrauded?” which confirms that Gumtree will assist the police and provide any information about the ad and user to the police.

    Have a look at these previous LawAnswers threads helping people in a similar situation with Gumtree:
  3. DennisD

    DennisD Well-Known Member

    11 July 2014
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    How about reversing the question, on what legal grounds can he cancel the agreement without any reason and retain your half payment? What rubbish!

    From your summary, it seems he is acting fraudulently, and will do what he can to keep your money and make your life difficult to recover it

    The ACCC provides a ScamWatch service which directs users to various organisations to contact depending on the nature of their query. For fraud, it says see the police

    Your answers to CathL's questions will be relevant in making an effective complaint

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