New & Used Car Motor Industry Lawyers
Motor industry lawyers
Motor industry lawyers are automotive specialists and new and used car experts, offering legal advice and dispute resolution services to car dealerships and private clients.
Coming from a transactional background namely buying and selling cars, we have become retail motor industry and car experts. Our expertise extends to all types of vehicle with specific expertise in prestige cars, super cars and collector cars, such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Range Rover and Ferrari.
We advise on all aspects of the law involving car sales, vehicle repairs, classic car restoration and motor finance. Common problems include defective work, car not fit for purpose or satisfactory quality, misrepresentation, fake service history and bought a car with outstanding finance.
Call for an initial free lawyer consultation
0333 700 7676
We are automotive specialists setting ourselves apart from traditional motor lawyers and motor solicitors who deal with faulty car complaints and car problems, we know what we're talking about.
In an £80 billion industry, with millions of cars sold every year and 100,000's of car related complaints there are few other lawyers that specialise in this area.
Our unparalleled insight and unique skill set has led to us becoming the leading law firm for car dealerships, repairers, restorers as well as consumers and collectors.
This is further amplified by Stormcatcher motor industry lawyers down to earth approach to car sales, trading standards law, accident repairs, servicing, financial and motor industry legal services: we talk your language
Simply we know the law, the cars, the tricks of the trade and the automotive industry inside out and are the go to law firm for all vehicle related legal issues and for a fraction of the cost of solicitors and barristers
Call the automotive specialist for first free advice
We are unusual lawyers, coming to the law as a second career after a successful one as an auto trader and dealer. However, when dealing with rare, high value and specialist cars it is essential to have an in depth and thorough understanding of the motor vehicles, the market and the methods people use to defraud car buyers. Car dealers know in an instant when a solicitor doesn’t know what they're talking about and so do we.
Mr S bought a BMW M5 from a used car dealer on a HP agreement with a finance company. Within a couple of weeks of owning the car, without warning it cut out while on the motorway and he coasted onto the hard shoulder. With no warning lights on, he attempted to restart the engine without success and had the car recovered to a garage for diagnostic testing. This revealed the engine had suffered a catastrophic failure and Mr S complained to the dealer and finance company who informed him that he had caused the damage, by trying to restart the engine. They alleged that drive on damage was the cause.
Having advised Mr S on the legal and technical position we prepared a case for the financial ombudsman, including drafting the claim and preparing the evidence. The claim was rejected in the first instance but succeeded on appeal resulting in Mr S receiving a refund of his deposit, along with the finance payments and compensation.
Dealers appreciate the benefits of a used car warranty to cover or reduce the costs of inevitable vehicle repairs costs but what are the legal requirements: do you have to put a warranty on a car, should it be 3 months, 6 months or 12 months.
Many motor dealers are unsure about the warranty and the legal rights under Consumer Rights Act 2015 and what happens when things don't go to plan and the warranty won't pay out and what rights to you have.
We can help you understanding your legal rights and the legal risks of the motor trade whether you're a private buyer or a car dealer, motor trade lawyers offer peace of mind.
Trading standards law
Advertising cars on Autotrader, Ebay or Motors.co.uk can be a tricky business. Car dealers who misdescribe the condition or mileage or offering an unroadworthy car for sale are offences under trading standards law, which could result in a fine or even imprisonment. Motor trade lawyers are second hand car legal experts offering advice, guidance, policies and procedures - prevention is better than cure.
Consumer rights laws
Consumer rights laws are by far the most common complaint and the source of the most confusion between motor solicitors, car buyers and dealers. Number one on the list is the car not fit for purpose, followed by I've been sold an unroadworthy car, bought car on finance broken down and I want to return a car on finance.
Trying to apply the facts surrounding the car problems to consumer rights laws and striking a balance between the rights of the dealership and the consumer is no easy feat.
Its not just about the age, mileage and price of the car but the reasons for the fault or failure and whether or not it is in the reasonable contemplation of the parties. Defences have succeeded relating to the issue being a characteristic of the vehicle, which does seem to suggest you could just simply by a bad car.
For an initial free advice on consumer rights laws
0333 700 7676
Driving force for the motor industry
Motor industry lawyers is headed by Philip Harmer, who started his working life as a motor dealer, progressing to independent used car retailer and body shop business owner in London & Kent before being employed by Mercedes-Benz Retail Group and the Mercedes-Benz division of Jardine Motors while completing his legal training.