Welcome to an exciting little article we've pulled together to make sure you guys are covered when you make that trailer purchase.
In short your rights when buying your trailer are largely determined by who you have bought the trailer from. Buying from either a “trader in the course of their business” or from a “private individual” will largely effect this.
Buying from a Dealer
Buying a trailer from a dealer means that the law provides maximum protection and is regarded as the safest way of buying a trailer. Its important to remember though that you will only be protected against business’s that are still in existence so if the dealer has gone bust or has vanished you wont be covered. So if you do purchase from a dealer go for an established, reputable establishment.
Any trailer purchased from a dealer must confirm to the description it has been given regarding its condition and history. If a misrepresentation has been given such as the trailer can carry upto 1000Kg but can only carry 500Kg then a claim for compensation may be made. The representation must have been made prior to the sale and have been a factor in persuading the buyer to purchase the trailer.
The trailer you purchase must be of “satisfactory quality and fit for the purpose intended”. This means that the car should perform to the standards expected. For example if you have bought a trailer which is used but only a year old and it picks up a major problem within a few days of purchasing then the trailer does not meet the standard. In these instances take the trailer back to the dealer and they should fix what ever problem the car has encountered. Failure to comply with this requirement is a breach of consumers rights and therefore compensation or money back will be entitled.
Most trailers bought from a dealers normally come with warranty breakdown insurance. The terms can vary from dealer to dealer. However many often exclude “wear and tear” as well as limiting the value of each claim and the number of claims in a warranty period. Before making any purchase it is best to check the terms of the warranty so you know what you are getting.