Used, but not abused: what rights do you have when buying a used truck?

Commercial Motor
March 24, 2017


Buying a second-hand truck can be a risk, but there are a number of rights operators have when navigating the used vehicle market.

Every time an organisation or individual purchases a second-hand vehicle there will be a number of terms implied in the contract which, provided they have not been expressly excluded, automatically give the buyer certain protections. These are set out in the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the key terms are that the vehicle is:

  • of satisfactory quality
  • fit for purpose
  • matches the description.

In establishing whether a vehicle is of satisfactory quality, factors such as safety, durability, freedom from minor defects and appearance and finish are all taken into account. It is, however, important to remember that the threshold for what is considered satisfactory quality in an older vehicle will inevitably be lower than that of a newer vehicle.

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