Originally Posted by agarcia
Even I could tell the major repair he did himself to the cockpit sole looked like a wrinkled bandaid with a lot of messy caulking.
Then you should have included an adjustment for that in the initial offer. A survey is not a tool for negotiating things that you already knew about BEFORE the survey was done. It is a tool for finding out if there is anything significant that you missed, and then possibly re-negotiating based on that.
I have to agree that looking for the seller to commit to a re-negotiation after the survey is a mistake. As a seller, I certainly wouldn't. I would have told you, "I'm not hiding anything, so I don't believe the survey is going to reveal anything to negotiate about."
Now, if that turns out not to be true, then the game changes. But you really can't expect the seller to agree ahead of time to a post-survey reduction in the price.