The laws would also cover purchases from auction, and could come into force as early as next year. Vehicles with problems would have to be referred to dealers within a month to qualify for replacement. The changes would have significant implications for fleet disposals - especially for those cars under 12 months old. Many dealers will be unwilling to buy used vehicles unless they are certain they are fault-free.
Dealers and manufacturers claim the massive cost of funding the new consumer rights regulations would force up the retail cost of vehicles, and would work against customers in the long run.