Not everything was going to be bad news in the automotive sector at this start of the year. All products, including cars, debut in 2022 with one more year your warranty. The measure has been slow to arrive, but it is already a reality that consumers like. Who has not been so “funny” is the manufacturers and producers.
During the additional year of warranty, repair is their responsibility. And as, this could end up influencing prices. Another of the great novelties that 2022 brings with it is the extension from five to 10 years the time that manufacturers are required to have spare parts. The objective is none other than to promote a change in consumer policies.
Greater warranty on new and used cars
Last April 2021, Royal Decree-Law 7/2021 was approved, which entered into force on January 1, 2022. The new consumer regulations extend the two years of legal guarantee to a total of three years for new products. Thanks to this, Spain now offers an additional year of guarantee with respect to the minimum required by the European Union.
In addition, it should be noted that, the time that our car is in the workshop as a result of a manufacturing defect, will be added at the end of the warranty period. This measure is included in the section on consumer and user rights. Specifically, we can go to article 120 to obtain all the information regarding the changes.
In second-hand vehicles, the increase in warranty will lead to a preventive price increase. This will add to the increased demand in the second-hand market.
Neither are used cars exempt from a greater guarantee. The European Directive 2019/771 aIncrease the warranty period when buying a second-hand car to two years (instead of one). In this case, it is possible to fix the guarantee for a single year as long as there is a written agreement in the sales contract.
No less interesting is the fact that, during this warranty period, Any fault that arises is considered to already exist at the time of purchase. That is, it is the seller who must take care of the repair. Another option is to pay the buyer a certain economic amount as “proportionate price reduction”, Unless proven otherwise.
Spare parts up to 10 years
Another of the star measures of the new consumer law is the obligation for manufacturers to have spare parts for products that are no longer sold during at least 10 years. With this, the period is doubled with respect to the previous 5 years and a policy is committed that aims to reduce programmed obsolescence and consumerism by facilitating repair.
Other interesting changes
As stated in article 120 of the new law, in the case of digital products a guarantee applies for the first time. Both content and digital services must offer a two-year guarantee:
In the case of a contract for the sale of goods or the supply of digital content or services supplied in a single act or in a series of individual acts, the entrepreneur will be responsible for any lack of conformity that exists at the time of delivery or supply. and are manifested within a period of three years from delivery in the case of goods or two years in the case of digital content or services, without prejudice to the provisions of article 115 ter, paragraph 2, letters a) and b).
The term to choose between the repair or replacement of the product also changes. Expands from three to five years the period of non-conformity. On the other hand, it goes from six months to one or two years -depending on the product- the term of compliance with the purchased product.