The clutch has stopped working in a car we bought 4 months ago. Do we have any rights against the dealer?

My stepson bought a 2013 vehicle with approx. 40,000 miles on the clock four months ago. The clutch has now failed. The dealer claims wear and tear. Do we have any rights in this case? The repair has been estimated at £650. The dealer is claiming misuse and the fault would have shown up earlier if it existed at the time of sale.

Asked on 8 June 2021 by Mark Hoare

Answered by Dan Powell
Generally speaking, a dealer or car seller can be held liable for any serious faults that occur within the first six months. This is because the problem is deemed present or developing at the time of sale. The only exception to the above is damage by driving style. That means if your son has burnt out the clutch then he will be liable for the costs, but the dealer would need to prove this.

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