Bought a used car last week and engine management light has come on

About a week ago I bought a used car (2007 Honda CR-V) from a local car dealer. Yesterday the engine management light came on and having the car inspected at a local garage it appears there is a problem with the car's engine (intake manifold system fault).

I understand that the Consumer Rights Act, as of Oct 2015, gives a right to reject the vehicle within 30 days of purchase for a full refund if it is not fit for purpose or it is not as described or if it is not of satisfactory quality. I feel my case fall within this scope.

The trader wants to repair the car but I want to return it for a full refund because I am sensing that the fault is indicative of more problems down in the line and I do not want to end up being stuck with a bad vehicle.

I wanted to get your opinion about how strong my case is and how best to proceed. In particular I am afraid that, assuming this goes to court, the judge might say that this is a used car and they are expected to develop problems like this and I should have accepted the dealer's offer of repairing the car.

Asked on 23 March 2016 by palaremzi

Answered by Honest John
Yes, you are within your rights according to the statute, but this has yet to be tested in the High Court: www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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