Victim of the
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: United Kingdom
It's all about covering your backside really, as there are people out there who will try it on if they think they can get away with it.
It is always possible that things 'go wrong' shorty after purchase that the previous owner genuinely didn't know about. All parts will give at some point, 10mins after you bought it or not, if it wasn't sold then it would likely have happened to the owner at the same time.
I sold an old Mondeo to a mate (always a bad thing!) years ago. It was working fine when I had it, but within a week the drivers window stopped working, then as the weeks went by more and more stuff was going wrong until it was undriveable.
I felt bad that it happened, but my mate was just unlucky to have bought it on the cusp of all these failures.
Now a 'proper' Petrol Head