Then, I received the following email from the seller himself on Thursday night:
Hi Julie, We dropped the car off at the repair shop and told him it must be repaired tomorrow. He is reliable so I'm not worried.
The car should be ready at around 1-2 pm. I will keep on him to make sure this gets done.
I emailed him the following day before I left home AND followed up with a voicemail message:
John, I am leaving my house now for a 12noon appt. so I won't be on email. Are we all set to pick up the car, title, and bill of sale at 2:00pm-ish? Please call my cell to confirm: xxx-xxx-xxx, I won't be able to answer during my appt. but I will call you back. Thanks, Julie
My apologies regarding the brakes. My Mechanic spent all day getting the check light out and was only able to tighten the brake cable. It needs some more work. I will be bringing the car in on Monday and advise you as to the results.
No thank you. I no longer feel comfortable doing business with you and I plan to continue my search for another used Volvo.
Just to set the record straight: I left you a message at 2:30 p.m., telling you that I was leaving Weymouth to drive down to Scituate with my boyfriend who was rearranging his schedule to do me a favor. In that message, I told you that, if you needed to reach me, I would be available on my cell and I left that phone number once again. You did not choose to call me but, instead had my boyfriend and I drive all the way down to Scituate on a Friday afternoon for what felt like a fool's errand. Your offer to "take off a couple hundred" was inappropriate and manipulative. You knew I wanted the car, had a check in hand, and thought I would just say "yes" so I could drive off with a new car. You were wrong. Had you called me and told me the emergency brake was still not functioning properly in order to pass Mass inspection at any inspection station of my choosing, I would have said, "please fix it or no deal." I made it very clear that I was looking for a car that needed absolutely no work to be inspected, registered, and drivable.
You are an attorney and you made a deal with me. We agreed, orally and in writing, to $2500 AFTER you repaired the valve that made the check engine light come on and AFTER you repaired the emergency brake to working order. While "your guy" may have let the illegal and inoperative emergency brake pass inspection, I care about my safety and the safety of my children and other passengers. An emergency brake is required by law for a reason--SO YOU CAN STOP YOUR CAR IN AN EMERGENCY.
Since you are an attorney, perhaps you are familiar with the Massachusetts State law requires a private seller to have a car inspected or ready to pass inspection. As ou know, the Volvo's sticker expires on Sunday. Good luck selling your car.