Buyers of used cars are now better protected thanks to a legally stipulated warranty of at least one year. If something breaks within that period, the seller must prove that the problem only arose after the purchase.
Previously, used cars had a standard warranty period of six months. That will now be one year, although there are still some restrictive conditions. For example, the warranty does not apply when you buy a used car from a private seller.
The purchase agreement also plays an important role. Based on this, the buyer may legally assume that the car functions in a certain way. For example, if it clearly states that the air conditioning is not working or that the brake pads are about to be replaced, the buyer cannot come back to this later.
The European conformity rules (‘legal guarantee’ in popular parlance) already prescribed that a purchased product must do what you can reasonably expect from it. This is sometimes quite complicated with used cars. Matters such as price, year of construction, mileage, selling party (dealer or private individual), information from the seller and information on the purchase agreement are factors that play a role in this. It may also be necessary to do additional research through a purchase inspection. This makes it clear exactly what the condition of the car is.
Also caravans and motorbikes
The extended warranty period is the result of European regulations. The associated bill first had to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate, but since this week the legal guarantee is a fact. The extension applies to all types of consumer products, including caravans, bicycles and motorcycles.
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Buyer of used car better protected: from now on a one-year warranty | Car
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