The Consumer Rights Act only applies to consumers, which means buyers not acting in the course of a business. Someone buying a car as a private hire taxi driver will clearly be buying it in the course of their business so the CRA will not apply to them.
Whilst business-to-business contracts are not subject to the CRA there are still certain laws that apply to business contracts.
The main piece of legislation is the Sale of Goods Act 1979. It states that goods sold must be:
· of satisfactory quality – they must not be faulty or damaged when received
· as described – they must match any description given at the time of purchase
· fit for purpose – they should be fit for the purpose they are supplied for
If the goods do not meet the above criteria, the buyer is able to reject them within a reasonable time. This period is not defined in law and would depend on the specific circumstances, i.e. how long it would have been reasonable for someone using the goods in question to inspect them and determine their suitability or that they are free from defects. Also note that there is no protection against fair wear and tear, misuse or accidental damage, faults that were pointed out at the time of sale or if they change their mind and no longer want the goods.
So there is still a kind of warranty implied by law but just through a different piece of legislation, rather than the usual CRA rights.
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