Second Hand Cars

  • One of the issues that crops up on a regular basis with The Legal Advice Office are queries and advice sought from us when you have been lied to or, at least, not been told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    If someone sells you an item, for example a motor car, and they do not fully disclose to you any defects in that vehicle that they knew about or should reasonably have known about; then you have certain legal rights and recourse.

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    Because of the number of queries we receive on literally a daily basis from our clients we are once again going to look at what to do in the situation where you have bought a “lemon” from a motor vehicle dealer.

    One of the most important decisions a consumer makes during their lifetime from time to time in his or her life is the purchase of a motor vehicle.

  • Consumers now have the right to quality goods and services!

    The Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008; (CPA); which came into effect at midnight on the 31st March 2011 has changed consumer law in the RSA irrevocably.

    There are a number of innovative consumer protection mechanisms in the CPA which are revolutionary in nature.

  • car dealership problem

    Consumers must be very careful about agreeing to buy goods that are sold “voetstoots” or “as is” as they thereby waive their rights to a very large extent.

    Yesterday; we had an inquiry from a lady who had bought a second hand 2014 BMW from a second-hand dealer in Gezina, Pretoria.

    She bought the car for R 110500.00 in a cash deal on the 26th January 2018 and took delivery on that same day after it had been roadworthied and transferred into her name by the dealer.

    For the next two months there were no major issues with the car but on the 27th March 2018 the car broke down on the M3 in Johannesburg and had to be towed into a BMW dealership in Johannesburg for repairs. The quote for repairs to the engine was for R 34500.00 and the diagnostic test showed major wear and tear and also damage to the cylinder head and pistons which had clearly been there for at least the last 6 months.

    What were her legal rights?

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