Does the Consumer Guarantees Act apply to faults found in a used car purchased from a licensed motor vehicle dealer within six months of purchase?

Question Details: An licensed motor vehicle dealer has advised me that if I purchase a vehicle from him and something goes wrong with it within the first six months, they have to fix it under the Consumer Guarantees Act. Is this correct?

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The Consumer Guarantees Act will apply to your purchase.

That means you get a range of protections. There is more information on those protections available here: www.consumer.org.nz. In short, the car needs to be of acceptable quality and fit for the purpose for which it was sold.

Claims under the Consumer Guarantees Act must be made within a "reasonable time". That is likely to be longer than six months.

Please see more information on enforcing any claims made here: www.consumer.org.nz.

You also have other rights when buying from a licensed motor vehicle dealer: www.consumer.org.nz.

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