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Please can you tell me whether the trader offered a warranty with the purchase, if so please can you provide me with a brief outline of the warranty details. Thank you.
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Many thanks for your patience. When a person buys a second-hand vehicle from a dealer they will have certain rights under consumer laws.
First of all, the following business practices are deemed unfair if they prompted you to make a decision to buy the car in question:
· Giving false information about the vehicle or deceiving the buyer through false advertising
· Giving insufficient information to the buyer, for example leaving out important information about the condition of the car
Failure to adhere to these rules will be unlawful and may even amount to a criminal offence so if you believe that the dealer acted in contravention of these rules you can bring this up with them when you contact them about this.
Your other rights state that when you buy an item from a business seller it must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and match its description. If the car does not satisfy any of these, the dealer will be responsible.
They will only be liable for faults that were present at the time the vehicle was sold, even if they become apparent later on. However, they will not be liable for fair wear and tear, misuse or accidental damage or any issues that were brought to the buyer’s attention before the sale. The age and value of the vehicle will also be relevant and the expectations of older vehicles will certainly be lower.
If the vehicle does not meet the above requirements, the buyer can reject the vehicle and return it to the dealer requesting a refund. However, this will need to be done within the first month after purchase.
If the buyer is too late to reject the vehicle, they could instead request that it is repaired or replaced without causing them significant inconvenience. The dealer may only reject a repair or replacement if it is impossible or disproportionate in the circumstances. If that happens, you are entitled to get it repaired elsewhere and claim back the repair costs, although there is an obvious risk in doing so as there is no guarantee in getting any of the money back.
If the dealer refuses to resolve this issue or accept any liability, you could take legal action against them. However, before going down that route you should try and resolve the issue directly with them by sending them a formal letter specifying how you want this matter resolved and giving them 7 days to respond. Advise them that if they fail to get back to you or deal with this in a satisfactory manner, you will have no other option but to report them to Trading Standards and issue legal proceedings to seek compensation.
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yes you certainly can, I have given you the consumer laws to show you that in the circumstances you would be able to challenge the seller because you have been sold a car that is not of satisfactory quality and the attempted repairs have not been successful, you have even ended up with ore faults on the car. So if you wish me to discuss the next steps you nee to take then I will be happy to do so.
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Thank you. If you decide to take this through the courts then how long this would take will depend on a number of factors. First of all how busy the court this goes in is. Some courts have considerable backlogs of a few weeks so your claim could just end up in a queue and be heard when there is availability. I would say that as a general rule expect at least a few months for a claim to be pushed through, it is very rare for things to be heard in a matter of weeks, although it can happen. You may wish to contact your local court to enquire about the current delays and how long they expect for it to come through to a hearing.