What this chapter covers

This chapter explains:

  • the automatic guarantees you have under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 if you buy goods or services from a shop or other business
  • the rules in the Fair Trading Act 1986 against various kinds of misleading or unfair trading – including misleading or deceptive conduct, making false or misleading claims, and various specific unfair trading practices
  • the protections available when you buy goods or services privately, rather than from a business, and so aren’t covered by the Consumer Guarantees Act
  • the protections for consumers buying motor vehicles
  • how you’re protected when you buy in some special ways – including layby sales, uninvited direct sales (such as door-to-door sales), and unsolicited goods and services
  • how you’re protected when you buy extended warranties
  • quotes and estimates.

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