If a second hand car owner purchases their vehicle not knowing its previous owner to have been a rental vehicle or company car, the false representation made to the purchaser is a breach of The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, 2008, Part 2. The Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014 provides for a right to compensation for the false representation made.
We are bringing a claim on behalf of consumers who purchased second hand ex-hire, ex-lease or ex-fleet cars but were not informed about the vehicle’s previous use by the manufacturer or dealer they purchased from. If such information was withheld from the purchaser, we will allege that the purchaser was mis-sold their vehicle by the manufacturer or dealer and that the misled purchaser may be eligible to compensation.
If you were mis-sold a second hand vehicle and if we succeed in bringing a claim on your behalf, it is likely that you will be eligible for compensation. This is because you will likely have overpaid for the vehicle you purchased, and may, unfortunately, have issues selling your vehicle in the future for the price you would have expected.
We also believe it is important to hold the industry to account for misleading consumers and to ensure consumers are offered transparency from dealers and manufacturers in the future.
The motor industry has been aware of guidance from the OFT which condemns these
practices since 2010.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Please register your claim completing the questionnaire accessed by clicking the link below.
At this preliminary stage of the litigation Harcus Sinclair UK Limited propose to act on an interim retainer basis, until third party funding is secured. We will not charge any up front fees to act for you in this matter.
If you are concerned that your vehicle may have previously been used as a rental car, please check the previous registered keeper listed on your V5 logbook. A selection of some of the more well known rental companies is included in the table below. You will see that not all rental companies are easily identifiable by the name they use when registering as a keeper of a vehicle. Please note that rental cars do not always purchase the vehicles that they rent out and accordingly they may not appear as the registered keeper. For example, we are aware of a a case in which Peggeot Contract Hire appeared as the previous registered keeper of a vehicle that had been leased by Europcar and almost certainly used as a rental vehicle by multitudes of users.
Rental Car Companies
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