For anyone worried about their cars CV's, below is an relevant extract from the Australian Consumer Laws: http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au/conten...icle_sales.pdf
Under the ACL, there are nine consumer guarantees that apply to new and used motor vehicles sold to a
1. Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that motor vehicles are of acceptable quality
2. A supplier guarantees that motor vehicles will be reasonably fit for any purpose the
consumer or supplier has specified
3. Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that their description of motor vehicles (for example, in a
catalogue or television commercial) is accurate
4. A supplier guarantees that motor vehicles will match any sample or demonstration model
5. Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that motor vehicles will satisfy any extra promises –
or 'express warranties' – made about them
9. Manufacturers or importers guarantee they will take reasonable steps to make spare parts and repair facilities available for a reasonable time after purchase.
Consumer guarantees cannot be excluded,
even by agreement.
The test for acceptable quality is whether a reasonable consumer, fully aware of a motor vehicle’s condition
(including any defects) would find it:
> fit for all the purposes for which vehicles of that kind are commonly supplied
> acceptable in appearance and finish
> free from defects
Major vs minor failures
When a motor vehicle fails to meet a consumer guarantee, your rights and obligations depend on whether the failure is major or minor.
A major failure to comply with the consumer guarantees is when:
> a reasonable consumer would not have bought the motor vehicle if they had known about the full extent of the problem. For example, no reasonable consumer would buy a new car with so many recurring faults that the car has spent more time off the road than on it because several mechanics have been unable to solve the problem
> the motor vehicle is significantly different from the description, sample or demonstration model shown
to the consumer. For example, a consumer orders a car with a diesel engine after test-driving the
demonstration model, but the car delivered has a petrol engine
> the motor vehicle is substantially unfit for its normal purpose and cannot easily be made fit within a
reasonable time. For example, the engine of a pick-up vehicle, with a stated towing capacity of
3500 kilograms and normally used for towing, has a design flaw that causes it to overheat when it
tows a load of more than 2500 kilograms
> the motor vehicle is substantially unfit for a purpose that the consumer told the supplier about, and
cannot easily be made fit within a reasonable time. For example, a sports utility vehicle does not have
enough towing capacity to tow a consumer’s boat, despite the consumer telling the supplier the
> the motor vehicle is unsafe. What is ‘unsafe’ will depend on the circumstances of each case. For example, a truck has faulty brakes that cause the vehicle to require a significantly greater braking distance than safe for normal use.
When there is a major failure to comply with a consumer guarantee, the consumer can choose to:
> reject the motor vehicle and choose a refund or an identical replacement (or one of similar value if
reasonably available), or
> keep the motor vehicle and ask for compensation for any drop in its value caused by the problem.