The Consumer Protection Act does not apply to sales between 2 individuals. You are thus not required to provide a warranty to the buyer of your vehicle. The buyer, however, might benefit from other warranties.

Warranty against hidden defect

The Civil Code provides a warranty against hidden defects. This means that your vehicle’s buyer could have recourse against you if they discover a hidden defect after the purchase has been completed. A hidden defect is a problem that, had it been known before the purchase, would have prevented the buyer from purchasing the car or led them to negotiate the price downward. A hidden defect is present before the sale but cannot be detected by a buyer who carefully examines the car.

You can ask the buyer to renounce, in writing, the Civil Code warranty, but despite such an agreement, the buyer could have recourse against you if it can be proven that you had knowledge of a defect before you sold your vehicle.

Manufacturer warranty and extended warranty

If they are still valid, the manufacturer or dealer warranty and the extended warranty must be transferred to the buyer. Both warranties remain valid even if the vehicle is sold to a new owner, without conditions or transfer restrictions. For example, you do not need to provide proof of past maintenance for these warranties to be honoured.


Last update : November 24, 2017

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