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A newly bought car with defects and no legal recourse: what now?

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A newly bought car with defects and no legal recourse: what now?

Sometimes the law takes sides with the second-hand car dealership when a motorist finds fault with a new purchase

Consumer journalist

If you buy an old car with high mileage from a motor dealership, can you expect it to be free of defects for at least six months, in terms of the Consumer Protection Act?

Well, for years I argued that that was absolutely the case. But recent court judgments give dealers some “outs” when it comes to defective cars — and not just old, second-hand ones.

It was a complaint about WeBuyCars (WBC) which sent me down this legal path recently...

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