“Deficiencies that do not affect the car’s use significantly, are expected for a car this age, do not reduce its value substantially, and are not required by law – such as the tires and break disks – these you do not need to disclose of your own initiative. However, if you are asked about it, you may not lie and deny the problem. If you suspect a certain problem of significance, but are not certain, it suffices to say, ‘There may be an issue with the air conditioning; you may want to check it.’ If the buyer decides not to, that is his choice.”
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