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Hiya A bought a vehicle from a garage in February 2017 (the

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HiyaA bought a vehicle from a garage in February 2017 (the 18th). On the 1st March the engine management light came on. So I took it to a Jeep garage to find out what was wrong and was advised on a few faults. As the vehicle is under warrenty I advised the garage from where I had purchased the car. The said to bring it in, However before i could bring it in the car broke down, spectacular, on a busy road. The gearbox had gone. The car was towed back to the garage where they had it for nearly a month were they stated they put in a new gearbox. I got it back 13th April but noticed that it did not go through the gears smoothly so I called them back and requested they look at it again, However it now will not start. As this car keeps breaking down can Irequest my monies back as the car is making me nervous.Kind regardsAngie

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nice to speak to you

So what is the position at present with the car? Has the dealer taken it in again? Also, have you requested a refund and if so, what was the seller's response to this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I am happy with you answering my query via email
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
At the moment the car will not start so is still on my driveway. I have not requested a refund as yet as i am unaware if I am allowed to. The car was sold with 6month warrenty would this make a difference.

OK, thank you for your response. I will review the relevant information and laws and get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Also, please do not respond to this message as it will just push your question to the back of the queue and you may experience unnecessary delays. Thank you.

Thanks for your patience. When a person buys a second-hand vehicle from a dealer they will have certain rights under consumer law, specifically the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which requires goods sold by a business seller to 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 vehicle does not meet the above requirements, the buyer will have certain legal remedies against the seller (not against the manufacturer as they will only be responsible under a manufacturer’s warranty that came with the vehicle). 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 you change your mind and no longer want the goods. The age and value of the vehicle will also be relevant and the expectations of older vehicles will certainly be lower.

The rights against the seller are:

1. Reject the vehicle and request a refund - this must be done within 30 days of purchase or delivery.

2. Repair or replacement – this can be done within the initial 30 days or after, if that deadline has passed and a rejection is no longer possible. If a repair is not possible or has failed, the vehicle can still be rejected for a refund, or if the consumer wants to keep it, they can ask for a price reduction. If asking for a refund or a replacement, the current value of the vehicle will be used, taking into account any depreciation in value for usage by the buyer since purchase.

So whilst you can still try and as for a refund, if they refuse it you may have to settle for repair or replacement. Based on which option you are wishing to exercise, you must contact the seller and advise them. If they refuse to discharge their legal obligations under consumer laws, you should remind them of these as per the details above. If they still appear reluctant to assist, write to them one final time, warn them that they have 7 days to comply and inform them that if they fail to honour your legal rights, you will have no choice but to report them to Trading Standards and start legal proceedings to seek compensation.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dear BenThe status of the car is that the garage is picking it up and they have one last shot at fixing it. They have agreed that i they do not get it right this time they will replace. Thank you for your help it was good to have the confidence that what I said i was backed up with the law.

Great to hear and thanks for getting back to me