If You have Trouble with a Farm Equipment Purchase
We are confident that if you purchase from White’s Tractors, this is a question you will never have to ask!
Unfortunately though, not everybody purchases their equipment from us and we have occasionally heard some pretty unpleasant stories about farm equipment purchased elsewhere.
In many cases, this has come about because very cheap and unwarranted equipment has been purchased. In other instances it’s due to second-hand kit that was bought from a private individual without sufficient care and attention being taken on inspections beforehand.
So, what can you do if you find yourself in this position?
When you see farm equipment for sale, it’s very important that you understand the nature of the source – in other words who is selling it and what their legal status is.
If you purchase from a registered company, you may have certain legal rights under various consumer protection legislation. In circumstances where the article can be proven to have been materially badly described or fraudulently sold for one reason or another, you may be able to progress legal action to recover some or all of your money.
However, though we are not lawyers, you should keep in mind that proving that can sometimes be far from straightforward. If the retailer disputes your position then you may be in for a fairly lengthy battle and need to get lawyers involved as well.
In the case of purchases from private individuals, your rights may be few and far between. As a general rule, in private sales much operates on the basis of the old Latin legal phrase ‘caveat emptor’ – something that basically means “let the buyer beware”. That’s a posh way of saying that the law may regard it as your lookout if you purchase privately and find afterwards that you have made an unwise purchasing decision.
Take professional advice in all these areas should you need it but the ultimate solution might be to purchase from a safe and reliable source who is going to offer you at least some sort of warranty and service continuity.