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Hi, I have a Hoover washing machine that is 14 months old,

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Hi, I have a Hoover washing machine that is 14 months old, the concrete weight that holds the machine stable has cracked in half causing the machine to bounce around, I spoke to Hoover who advised me to get an independent report costing me £59, I spoke to Hoover again today and the lady on the phone admitted it was a manufacturing fault and offered me £216 which includes the £59, I paid £299 for the washing machine, am I in my rights to ask for the washing machine to be repaired or replaced.

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John Leon
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.

Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.
Alex Watts : Is it under warranty please?
Customer: I did not take out extended warranty
Alex Watts : Is it under any warranty please?
Customer: No
Alex Watts : Potentially you have 6 years to bring a claim for breach of contract.
Alex Watts : You could yes ask for it to be repaired or replaced.
Alex Watts : You would be entitled for this under the Sale of goods Act
Alex Watts : can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Alex Watts : So yes you are entitled to a repair or replacement.
Customer: How do I go about making a claim for breach of contract
Alex Watts :

You need to write and set out your losses and request a refund within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.


If they do not refund you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: or by completing form N1 and take it to your local County Court.


The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.


If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation.


Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?


Customer: Would you have a draft copy of a letter that I can adapt to send please
Alex Watts :

Sadly I dont have a template. But if you write a letter I can review it for you

Alex Watts :

Does that help?

Customer: Thanks Alex
Alex Watts :


Customer: Alex, please review.
Customer: Ref No. ******
Customer: We purchased the machine in April 2013 from Currys (Alvis retail park Coventry). An independent engineer has examined the machine and declared it unusable due to a manufacturing defect on the lower concrete block. I forwarded the report onto your office and you agreed with the engineer. You have offered me the cost of the report, £59, and an additional £157 towards the cost of a new machine, which I have declined. I have since sought legal advice and been informed that under the sale of goods act and due to the machine only being 14 months old and unfit for purpose, I have the right to a full refund plus any costs I have incurred. That is to say £299 for the machine, £59 for the engineers report and £50 for the cost of a second hand machine I have had to purchase in order to launder my clothes. I hereby give you 14 days notice to settle this claim or I will issue proceedings in the County Court.
Alex Watts : Yes that is fine.
Alex Watts : I would only add that any costs in pursuing the claim will be added to it.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything else?
Customer: i think that's about it, many thanks for all your help. I will see how it goes.
Alex Watts : Great,
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Alex tried leaving a tip / bonus it has either taken it about 6/7 times if nothing not sure how to proceed.
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Might I ask you to email customer services over any billing issues, as I do not have access to that part as an expert?

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