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Ash, Solicitor
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I purchased a used car from a dealer at Easter 2014, and in

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I purchased a used car from a dealer at Easter 2014, and in May 2015 it has broken down due to a suspected faulty part. As it turns out, the part was not faulty (manufacturer investigation) but inappropriately fitted by the seller, who rejects all responsibility, the incident being outside of his 3 months warranty period.
The repair bill so far amounts to £3000 and more issues are being found. I have been without a car for 3 months.
Is that a valid claim to go to the small claim court please?
Hello my name is Alex and I will help you.
Given the length of time you may struggle but it is worth a try and small claim is inexpensive and you only pay the issue and hearing fee.
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 signed 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 claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim so you will not need legal representation. Over this value you would need representation for trial.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your answer. In a claim to the court, do I have to specify the legal grounds under which I make a claim? Such as the law under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 says that the car should be:

  • of satisfactory quality

  • fit for its intended purpose or a purpose that you made known to the dealer

  • as described

Yes all those grounds.
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