Sale of Goods Act 1979

The Sale of Goods Act

When you buy goods from a trader you get certain rights provided by the Sale of Goods Act 1979. You won’t necessarily see these rights written into the traders’ small print or disclosed in a shop but they are there to protect you if goods are faulty, don’t do the job they were meant to do or are different to what you were promised.  

The Sale of Goods Act says that the goods must:

  • Be of satisfactory quality
  • Be fit for the purpose
  • Match their description

If the trader falls short on any of these requirements they will be in breach of contract.  

What can you ask for if you have a problem

Depending on the circumstances, your remedies under the Sale of Goods Act 1979  could be:

  • To get all of your money back
  • To get some of your money back
  • To get the goods repaired
  • To get the goods replaced

You may in some circumstances be able to get compensation for any additional losses incurred too.  

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