Used car purchase: Help – the car does not go faster than 40 km / h

Used car purchase: Help – the car does not go faster than 40 km / h
Used car purchase: Help – the car does not go faster than 40 km / h
Benny Christensen is Broom’s car expert.

In the “Ask Benny” section on broom.no, he answers everything that has to do with cars.

Here is one of the questions from the last online meeting:

Hi Benny. We bought a used Volvo V50 in Christmas 2020, from a used car dealer.

Now there is a fault with the anti-skid system and the warning is lit all the time. The car can not drive faster than 40 km / h up a hill, even though we have the accelerator pedal at the bottom.

What we are wondering is if we have any rights as a buyer? For example, that the car dealer we bought the Volvo from less than three months ago pays for repairs?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Benny answers:

Hi! This is both boring and dangerous in traffic. In fact, this car should not be used until it has been repaired.

When it comes to what rights you have as a buyer in this case, it depends on several things. The first and most important thing – what does the contract say? Did you get a used car warranty – what does this possibly cover? How long does it last? Find your contract. It should be there. Even if the car is sold without any warranty.

Exactly these things are very important to check up before buying a used car.

Now you do not state the price, age or mileage of your V50. So the answer has to be a bit general.

If you do not have a used car warranty, and you have bought the car from a dealer, the Consumer Purchase Act applies. It gives you a complaint period of up to five years. But that does not mean that you will be covered for all errors that occur in the next five years.

This primarily applies if errors occur that the seller is aware of or should have known about. Or if the car is in significantly worse condition than one might expect from age, mileage and price.

Old cars break down

You can easily say that the older the car is, the cheaper it is, and the longer it has been driven, the less you can expect from it. And thus complain.

My advice to you is, as mentioned, to check the purchase contract first. Next, you need to contact the people you are buying the car from and present this to them. Then to hear how they react to it.

The V50 went out of production in 2012. In other words, it is starting to become somewhat aging cars. Many have also gone far. Then things tend to break down. It’s just that, without anyone’s ‘fault’.

If you have no warranty on the car, I’m probably afraid that this is not something the seller is willing to cover.

In your case, the error does not have to be costly to fix either. A service-minded dealer will probably also help you solve this in a good way, which you both benefit from. It is at least allowed to hope for it.

I wish you good luck with the car anyway!

My advice to you is, as mentioned, to check the purchase contract first. Next, you need to contact the people you are buying the car from and present this to them. Then to hear how they react to it.

The V50 went out of production in 2012. In other words, it is starting to become somewhat aging cars. Many have also gone far. Then things tend to break down. It’s just that, without anyone’s ‘fault’.

If you have no warranty on the car, I’m probably afraid that this is not something the seller is willing to cover.

In your case, the error does not have to be costly to fix either. A service-minded dealer will probably also help you solve this in a good way, which you both benefit from. It is at least allowed to hope for it.

I wish you good luck with the car anyway!

The article was first published by broom.no.

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