PROBLEMS WITH A USED CAR – 09/12/2016
This is one of the most common complaints of all, and my own personal experience with Evans Halshaw was the catalyst for writing a consumer book based on a lifetime of bad and unique experiences to help and inspire others to do what I do and that is to hold unscrupulous firms and individuals to account.
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 here states your rights.
‘Faulty’ means the car is not:
- ‘of satisfactory quality’ – it should do what you’d expect for its age, price and type
- ‘fit for purpose’ – if you asked for a car that would pull a caravan, it has to be able to do that
- ‘as described’ – it has to match the advert or the description the trader gave you
If the problem fits in to at least one of these categories, return it to the trader within 6 months to give them at least one opportunity to remedy the faults you have found and press for a full refund if that is not possible.
If the fault means you cannot drive the car, you should ask the trader to come and collect it at their own cost. You shouldn’t have to pay, so long as the car is actually faulty.
IF YOU PART-EXCHANGE YOUR OLD CAR
Ask for the old car back too if you are requesting a refund. If the trader has already sold on your old car, ask for the value they gave it when you agreed the deal on the new car you have bought.
Various options to seek redress including writing a complaint letter quoting your legal rights, rejecting the vehicle under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, contact the Trade Association and Trading Standards, contacting your Bank to claim under their respective refund schemes (otherwise known as chargebacks) and taking the trader to the Small Claims Court.
Your aim is to be restored to your original position prior to entering the contract.
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