Buying a car is a big commitment and one of the biggest expenses any household can make. Even if you’re buying a cheap one, used cars cost a lot of money. But what happens when the car you bought is faulty or starts giving you issues shortly after laying your hands on it?
Luckily there are laws in place that will protect you and your money if the car you buy is not fit for your purpose. Although there are some differences in the level of protection you will get depending on who you bought from, there’s always legislation in place that will cover you to some degree or another. In this guide, we’ll help you know your legal rights if you’re buying a used car.
There are a couple of things you should be aware of first. One is that you have less legal protection when buying from a private seller or a car auction than when buying from a dealer. The other one is that your consumer rights will be different whether you’re buying a used car in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Here we’ll cover the main legal rights in England but will explain the different variations between the other countries in the UK.