Does the Consumer Rights Act apply to low value used cars?

The Consumer Rights Act applies to used cars as well as new cars, but is there a fixed point at which the car's price is deemed to be too low for the Act to apply? Secondly, if any significant fault that develops within six months of purchase is deemed to have been present or developing at the point of purchase, are the three month warranties that normally accompany a used car purchased from a dealer still relevant?

Asked on 1 March 2018 by Ian@TM

Answered by Honest John
The courts, and in this case Small Claims in the County Court, will determine what price level for what car was too low for a consumer to "reasonably" expect protection, not just by statutory law but by case law. No, those three month insured warranties are basically junk. A dealer is liable for any significant fault that could have been present or developing on date of sale for six months from the date of sale and, to get out of that, the burden of proof is on him to prove it wasn't. An insured warranty cannot cover any fault that was present or developing when the warranty was taken out because that would be insurance fraud. Even if you buy an aftermarket warranty you only get very limited cover for the first three months for that reason.
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