EU 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".
Percival Motor Company

Posted: 190228
A 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 2 years.

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".