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Buying at auction

When you buy goods at an auction your rights may be different from those provided when you normally buy from a trader

If you have attended the auction house in person then your rights will be determined by the auction houses terms and conditions. It’s important to check the terms and conditions so that you know what your rights are before you decide to place a bid.

You may find that your rights will be with the individual seller of the item rather than the auction house, if this is the case then your rights will fall under the Sale of Goods Act 1979. Under the act goods that you buy from a private individual should match their description and if they don’t then you can ask the individual to refund you or pay you damages, this could be an amount to cover repairs if the seller described the item as having no faults when it was in fact faulty.

Last updated: 18 July 2019

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