Legal rights when you buy a car
The best solution is to buy a brand new car. But, they often cost a lot and cannot every person afford them. Because of that, many people are buying used cars. Only in the US in one year, more than 6 million used cars are sold! It should be a very easy process, simply go to the local dealer and buy a car. But there are any catches.
Legally speaking, the dealer can sell you a car which has satisfactory quality, it is fit to purpose and it must be well described in the advert. This is declared by the Sale of Goods Act. Basically, it means that car you are buying must be in a good ‘’shape’’, and the same car from the advert. A dealer must have the legal right to sell a car, or it will be treated as breaking a law! It also must satisfy all acts from the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (2008). This means that a car dealer must provide enough true information about that vehicle. If it doesn’t provide enough or information are false, a customer can sue the dealer. Even if he is acting aggressively, making a customer to buy a car, is treated as breaking the law.
In a case when you are buying a car over the internet. The seller is legally obligated to: have right to sell you a car, it is the same car from the description and it must be road legal. But, the seller doesn’t have to give you all information about the car, so it is much better solution to buy a car in at local dealership.