Is the buyer responsible for noticing damage on a used car?

I've bought a car from a used car branch of a main dealer. I think they put their trade-ins through this branch if they're not quite up to dealership standard. They claim to sell cars at a price that reflects the vehicle and expect the buyer to check for any cosmetic damage and take it or leave it.

To me that's sold as seen and surely not a tactic of a reputable business that has a number of premium dealerships. The marketing doesn't highlight any damage, they claim it's down to the buyer. Is this acceptable?

Asked on 28 April 2022 by

Answered by Dan Powell
When buying a used car it is the responsibility of the buyer to inspect and accept the condition of the vehicle. If you do spot any dents or scratches then you should flag this prior to sale and ask for it to be put right or refuse to purchase the vehicle.

The 2015 Consumer Rights Act does give you considerable protection against unseen or mechanical defects. You have the right to reject the car within the first 30 days if something goes wrong or demand a free repair within the first six months:
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