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Part Exchange Vehicle To Clear - Legal Meaning?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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EdGasketEdGasket PPR
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
Hi, just wondering when a garage/trader is selling a car and advertises it as 'Part exchange vehicle to clear', does this mean that SOGA does not apply or that the garage/trader is not under any obligation to put right faults that come to light within the first week or two?
I am not in any bother over this but have noticed several cars in Auto Trader that I might be interested in but they say they are PX Clearance etc. so am wondering whether this puts me in a riskier position to buying one that doesn't say that?


  • fivetidefivetide Forumite
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    No they are just trying to say "it's cheap" and "we're doing it at cost" neither of which may be true.

    What if there was no such thing as a rhetorical question?
  • mattyprice4004mattyprice4004 Forumite
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    You'll come up against a brick wall if something does go wrong, until you start mentioning court etc. They see it as a universal get out clause.
  • EdGasketEdGasket PPR
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    So would I be right in thinking that most 'PX to Clear' cars are a bit iffy and the dealer knows that there is something wrong with them?
  • edited 10 January 2012 at 3:52PM
    pitkin2020pitkin2020 Forumite
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    edited 10 January 2012 at 3:52PM
    EdGasket wrote: »
    So would I be right in thinking that most 'PX to Clear' cars are a bit iffy and the dealer knows that there is something wrong with them?

    You can't say the dealers knows there is something iffy about, it just might not be the type of car they would usually want on their forecourt. It maybe much older, high miles, no service history or tattier than stock they want so it has to go quick. Its not uncommon it just depends what the dealer prefers to deal in.
    Everyones opinion is the most wonder nothing is ever agreed on.
  • chunkytfgchunkytfg Forumite
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    What you will find is the car is probably a car that they would not normally 'stock' which they have taken in as part ex against a car they sold and instead of getting it underwritten by another garage, who buys it for the Px cost and stocks it themselves, or throwing it in the auction they decide to sell it normally.

    Your normal rights still exist although you may find you don't get the usual warranty you would get offered if you had bought one of there other cars
    Those who risk nothing, Do nothing, achieve nothing, become nothing
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  • LumLum Forumite
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    Second car I bought was a PX to clear, £350 Mk4 Ford Escort.

    The dealer I went to was full of old Jags, Porsches, BMWs, Mercs etc. The guy who had part ex'd it apparently had bought a BMW 3 series.

    Also amused me that the dealer parked the Escort on the road opposite his forecourt.
  • EdGasketEdGasket PPR
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    I think it would be a good idea to see what other cars they have then and if similar, to be suspicious, however if much newer or totally different types of car then probably a genuine clearance.
    But am I still entitled to reject a 'px clearance' and ask for a refund if I find something major wrong within a short time; e.g. blown head gasket?
  • lincroft1710lincroft1710 Forumite
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    The phrase has been in use for over 50 years and if it's an honest trader/dealer means exactly what it says. A vehicle taken in part exchange, which they hope to sell quickly, as it may be older, scruffier, not as well maintained, higher mileage, or different make from their usual stock. The phrase also implies that the price is competitive for that particular make, model and year.

    Despite all this the car should be roadworthy and fit for purpose, unless otherwise clearly stated.
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