New laws offer greater protection to car buyers

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed new laws which would offer greater protection to motorists who had purchased a faulty car, motorbike, caravan or motorhome.

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The Courier Mail reported State Parliament on Wednesday had lifted the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s jurisdictional limit from $25,000 to accommodate claims of up $100,000 for new and used motor vehicles.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the reinstatement of warranty protection for used cars was an important step in defending buyers.

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“When you buy a vehicle, you don’t expect, or often you can’t afford, expensive and unplanned repairs shortly after handing over your money. When things go wrong with a purchase – it can be financially devastating,” Mr Turner said.

“We welcome the reinstatement of warranty protection which will protect those buying older or higher mileage vehicles.  The change means more buyers are now covered, and this will be a great benefit especially for first car buyers and those buying in the cheaper end of the market.”

Mr Turner said if motorists were affected by a faulty car, the first thing they should do was go back to the dealer that sold the car and attempt to negotiate a fair deal.