I am in the process of selling my used car to a private buyer. The buyer asked to have the car inspected at a local mechanic. After picking the car up from the shop, I asked for the results of the inspection. The mechanic informed me that the potential buyer asked to not share the results of the inspection with me. The buyer won't buy the car until everything has been fixed, but won't disclose what needs to be fixed. The buyer paid for the inspection. The mechanic said they are hipaa compliant and their clients information is private. Is this a normal practice to keep inspection results hidden from the buyer?
Yes, it is customary for the inspecting agent to hold the results from the seller. It is a matter of the buyer of a service retaining exclusive rights to the purchased product.
This comes up fairly often at our shop. We only give the seller the results of inspection if we have written permission from the buyer. Only a few buyers are willing to share.
I am not sure HIPPA has anything to do with this as it applies to health care law in the US. That said most repair shops keep client information private as a matter of courtesy.
While it is not unusual for the shop not to show you, they buyer should be willing to give you a copy.
Not to sound sleazy, but seeing as this buyer has already spent money on an inspection, you have them on the hook. I would see no problem with you refusing to negotiate price until he has disclosed the shops findings.
There has to be a certain amount of respect between buyer and seller, so if you ask to see the report, and the buyer refuses to show it, you have every right to walk away from the sale.