proposes more rights for buyers
Classic Car reports Simon Percival, Percival Motor Company's managing
director in Maidstone in Kent, saying "99.9% of people understand
that buying a classic car aged 40, 50 or 60 years old isn't like buying
a new or nearly new vehicle. Two years is completely farcical. The
laws we have are more than reasonable".
lead article in the latest issue of Classic Car Weekly says
"current consumer laws allowing a dealer-bought classic
to be returned after 6 months could be extended by up to 2 years
- and it would still be up to the selling dealer to prove the
car wasn't at fault. The EU's Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Committee (IMCO) unanimously agreed on 22nd February 2019 on
proposals to extend the return period covered by the Europe-wide
Sales of Goods Directive from the current 6 months to up to
The UK could be asked to implement the directive - updating
the Consumer Rights Act 2015 - during the transitional period
after leaving the EU, depending on deals struck with the UK
Government. The EU legislation still has a fair way to go before
it is enshrined in and voted into EU law but, as British MEPs
are discovering with the Motor Insurance Directive, voicing
objections after 29th March 2019 will be difficult.
Current UK legislation allows for classics bought at a dealer
to be returned up to 6 months after delivery if a vehicle develops
a fault that existed at the time of the purchase. Under the
Consumer Rights Act 2015 it's up to the dealer to prove the
fault wasn't there when the car was sold"
See a copy of the CCW article. More
Chris Hunt Cooke's view is "the right to return a car for
two years seems way over the top to me, and likely to put up
traders' prices since dealers would have to include a reserve
for possible returns".