UK buyers of ex hire cars entitled to compensation

Glyn HopkinUK motorists who have bought redundant hire cars could be in for a windfall once new guidelines are implemented. Harcus Sinclair litigation specialist Damon Parker says any drivers who think they weren’t provided with the full history of second hand cars they bought could be entitled to sue for compensation.

The still erupting scandal relates to vehicles sold by used car dealers as having had just one careful owner. The cases unearthed so far seem to indicate the dealers have been liberal with the actual truth as many of the cars implicated have been ex-rentals.

Misleading buyers contravenes the Unfair Trading section of the 2008 Consumer Protection Regulations. Damon Parker claims if the cars were mis-sold, buyers could be entitled to anything from a quarter to the full purchase price in compensation.

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) officials have already issued warning letters to second hand car traders. They are also in the process of draughting new rules which will lay out in black and white what buyers need to be told when buying second hand cars.

The new regulations will state that the histories of cars used by hire companies need to be revealed to potential purchasers. The ASA has already allegedly taken Essex based Glyn Hopkin cars and Fiat Chrysler to task for advertising cars but not stating they were one-time hire fleet vehicles.

The ASA’s new guidelines will be sent to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to be relayed to traders. The society’s Mike Hawes says buyers can easily carry out their own due diligence checks from the vehicles’ logbooks and via the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency’s database.



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