Cars and Motoring

Owning a car can be an expensive business, but for many of us, it is necessary for going about our daily lives. This section can tell you all you need to know about the law for buying, selling, and owning a car.

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Whether you need a car for work, for transporting your family, or for any other responsibilities in your life, our section on cars and motoring provides essential advice on all you need to know about your rights and how to avoid getting in trouble with the law.

If you require cover or further advice on any of the topics covered in this section, we have a variety of products which can give you the advice and support that you need. For example, our Licence Assist product can provide legal advice and representation if you are facing the loss of your licence. It can even provide you with a monthly disqualification benefit if you are banned from driving.

We also have our Instant Law Line service, which offers telephone legal advice for a one-off fee of £35, or an annual subscription of £59.99. This can be a great source of help if you are locked in a dispute over buying or selling a car, vehicle repairs, or any other everyday area of law. For more information, visit our Products section.

Cars and motoring advice

Buying a car

This section explains your rights under the Sales of Goods Act 1979, which protects you when buying a car from a dealer or a private seller. Your rights vary depending on factors such as who is selling the car and whether the car is new or second-hand, so it is important to familiarise yourself with your rights before deciding how  you want to purchase your car.

We also have advice on what to consider when you are looking at a new car, how to transport a car that is not taxed, and what to do if a car that you recently bought turns out to be faulty.

Selling a car

This section deals with your rights and responsibilities when you are selling a car. If the buyer of a car is unhappy with their new purchase, you could find yourself paying to fix issues with the vehicle, and even facing accusations of misleading the buyer. Making sure you fully understand your responsibilities towards the buyer is crucial.

This section also has advice on what documentation you will need to sell the car, how you can insure your car so that potential buyers can take it for a test drive, and the process of selling a car for scrap.

Servicing and repairs

When carrying out servicing and repairs, garages and mechanics are legally required to provide you with a level of service which is of reasonable quality, at a reasonable price. This section deals with your rights when you feel that a garage has charged you too much, or has failed to fix a problem with your car, or charged you for work that you did not want them to do.

Taking the garage to court is unlikely to be the best option for anyone, and our advice could help you reach a resolution with the garage without matters escalating into a costly legal battle.

Parking fines

The laws governing parking notices and fines differ depending on who issued them and whether they are issued on private or public land. Our parking fines section will tell you about the different options open to you if you receive a parking fine and the potential outcome of each one. We also have advice for appealing against a parking fine.

Car insurance, tax and MOT

Failing to keep your car insurance, tax and MOT up-to-date are offences which can result in fines and penalty points on your licence, even if you are no longer using the car. This section can tell you all you need to know about the different types of car insurance and how to ensure that your car is legal to be on the road.

This section also contains information on applying for a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) if your car is off the road.

Driving Offences

There are a variety of offences you can commit on the road, from breaking the speed limit to failing to stop after an accident. Being convicted of a driving offence can result in points on your licence, fines, and, for the more serious crimes, even imprisonment. If you accumulate too many penalty points your licence will be taken away.

This section has in-depth information on the more common offences, as well as an explanation of fixed penalty notices and totting up penalty points.

Get protection for your licence

Licence Assist from DAS offers a number of benefits to make sure you are protected if you are facing having your licence taken away. This service gives you legal advice on any motoring matter, as well as cover for legal defence costs and a fixed monthly benefit if you lose your licence.


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