Car Clinic: Can BMW parts delay be compensated?

Am I entitled to compensation for my BMW being off the road?

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Car Clinic: Can BMW parts delay be compensated?

My newish BMW has been at the dealer for two weeks awaiting a third-party component. Aren’t manufacturers legally obliged to maintain adequate stocks?

JS, London


There is no obligation on a car maker to produce sufficient — or even any — specific part. You do, however, have a contract with your dealer to service/repair the vehicle. Does it specify if it will be fixed within a certain time period? If that time has elapsed, you would be entitled to damages.

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Also, the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (or, for contracts signed on or after October 1, 2015, the Consumer Rights Act 2015) states repairs must be carried out “within a reasonable time”, but seek legal advice if you plan to litigate.


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