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Bought faulty car: rights under Sale of Goods Act to specify repair method?

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ComtesseDeSpair Mon 02-Feb-15 14:51:48

Following taking my car to a mechanic for an unrelated, minor, problem at the weekend, it was discovered that it has a cracked turbo manifold. Having only bought the car a fortnight ago I returned to the dealer it was bought from and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing about his obligations under the Sale of Goods Act, he agreed to resolve the issue.

The mechanic had already advised that there are two ways to deal with a cracked manifold: the first is to replace it entirely, at a cost of about £600 for parts and labour; the second is simply to weld the crack, but the mechanic advised that this method is frequently unsuccessful and he sees a number of vehicles where the issue just resurfaces after a few months because the weld doesn't hold properly. (It's of no interest to him to favour the more expensive option as he won't be getting the work either way, the dealer will have their own garage sort it).

The dealer has indicated that (of course, because it's much cheaper) his preferred option is to weld it. I'm not entirely happy with this, as I really don't want to be in the same position 6 months down the line with the crack resurfacing but fewer rights to have the dealer resolve it.

So my question is - do I have any right to reject a repair method under the Sale of Goods Act and insist on a different option?

peggyundercrackers Tue 03-Feb-15 10:25:23

if you get the dealer to weld it get him to underwrite the quality of the repair for 12/24 months. normally work undertaken at a main service dealer is under warranty for 24 months.

LurkingHusband Tue 03-Feb-15 11:27:45

Forget welding. Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt. The manifold is very dense steel. For welds to take all the metal needs to be at a very high temperature - red hot. Regular workshop (arc, mig/tig or oxy-acetylene) will not hold.

A specialist workshop with a kiln/furnace might be able to make a better job of it, but by it's nature, it's not going to last.

The problem is the manifold gets very hot in use. So you have expansion/contraction every journey. Any weld - being the weakest part - will just crack open again.

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