(a) The order for sale of a motor vehicle by us (“Lawson Cars”) at the agreed price (“the Total Retail Price”) and any allowance in respect of a used motor vehicle offered by you (“the Customer”) incorporates the following clauses and only becomes binding after being accepted by Lawson Cars.
(b) The order (except where varied by an agreement between the parties which is recorded in writing and signed by an authorised representative of Lawson Cars) shall constitute the entire contract between the parties.
(a) Lawson Cars will use its best endeavours to secure a delivery date or dates, but shall be under no liability whatsoever for loss occasioned by delay in delivery arising out of any cause beyond the control of Lawson Cars.
(b) The Goods as described on the face of the order form (“the Goods”) may be delivered by Lawson Cars or its agent in advance of the estimated delivery date upon giving 14 days prior notice to the Customer.
(c) If the Goods are not delivered within three calendar months of the estimated delivery date (if any) the Customer or Lawson Cars may elect by notice in writing to the other party to cancel this contract. Upon such cancellation the Customer’s deposit shall be returned and Lawson Cars shall be under no further liability to the Customer. In the event that no estimated delivery date is given, Lawson Cars will deliver the Goods within 1 month of the Goods being made available to it.
(d) Delivery shall be deemed to have been made on the date that the Goods are made available for collection by the Customer and Lawson Cars has given notice to the Customer that the Goods are ready for collection. The Goods will be physically delivered by Lawson Cars to the Customer only where agreed by Lawson Cars and at the Customer’s cost.
(e) Lawson Cars may at any time cancel the contract if the manufacturer ceases to make the Goods or if the manufacturer ceases to supply the Goods to the UK market. If Lawson Cars is unable to supply any option or accessory, whether factory fitted or otherwise, Lawson Cars may at its discretion either substitute a reasonable equivalent or delete the option or accessory from the contract. If any accessory is deleted the purchase price shall be adjusted by the price thereof. The inability of Lawson Cars to supply an option or accessory shall not constitute a breach of contract or entitle the Customer to reject the Goods.
3. PRICE AND PAYMENT
(a) The Customer shall not be permitted to collect and take away the Goods until the Total Retail Price of the Goods as stated overleaf has been discharged in full (without set-off or counterclaim) unless this condition has been expressly excluded in writing by an authorised representative of Lawson Cars. Time of payment shall be of the essence.
(b) If the Total Retail Price or any part of the price for the Goods is to be paid by cheque whether bank or building society then prior notice of such payment shall be made to Lawson Cars and the cheque must be paid to Lawson Cars at least five banking days in advance of the estimated delivery date. A cheque given in payment or part payment shall not be treated as a discharge until the same has been cleared.
(c) If the Total Retail Price or any part of the price for the Goods is to be paid by cash (the maximum amount of a cash payment that is permissible being £5,000 in value) or bankers draft then such payment or part payment may be made on the day of collection (subject to Lawson Cars being given an opportunity to confirm the validity of such draft) provided that the Goods shall be collected within 14 days of delivery.
4. FAILURE TO COLLECT GOODS
If the Customer shall fail to collect and/or pay for the Goods within 14 days of delivery (as provided for in clause 2(d)) then Lawson Cars may at its option either store the Goods at the Customer’s cost or, upon giving the Customer 7 days notice of its intention to do so, elect to treat the contract as repudiated by the Customer and thereupon any sums paid by the Customer shall be returned less a sum equivalent to a reasonable administration fee, any damages, loss or expenses which Lawson Cars may have suffered or incurred by reason of the Customer’s default (including as a result of selling such vehicle at a lower value) and/or storage costs and Lawson Cars shall be under no further liability to the Customer. Lawson Cars may, at its option following such repudiation elect to return any part-exchange vehicle or to retain it at any agreed trade-in price (in which case the agreed trade-in price shall be treated as part of the sums paid for the purpose of this clause).
5. PART EXCHANGE
In the event that Lawson Cars agrees to accept a used motor vehicle from the Customer as partial payment of the Total Retail Price (“Allowance”) such agreement shall be subject to any declarations made on the face of the order or purchase invoice and the following conditions:
(a) the Customer warrants that:
(i) the Customer has good title to the used motor vehicle;
(ii) it is unencumbered by any third party interest whatsoever; or
(iii) the Customer has declared all encumbrances or interests to which the used motor vehicle is subject;
(iv) the particulars of the used motor vehicle given by the Customer are correct and that so far as the Customer is aware the mileometer reading is accurate;
(v) other than as declared by the Customer and so far as the Customer is aware the used motor vehicle has not been the subject of any accident or any other damage of whatsoever nature and howsoever caused or any insurance claims or total loss claims;
(vi) other than as declared by the Customer the used motor vehicle was first supplied by the manufacturer’s official distributor for the UK;
(vii) other than as declared by the Customer the date of first registration on the registration documents is the date on which the used motor vehicle was new and first used;
(viii) other than as declared by the Customer the used motor vehicle has not had any performance upgrades, non manufacturer approved accessories or alterations contrary to the manufacturer's specifications;
(ix) the used motor vehicle is type approved.
(b) if any encumbrances or interests are capable of cash settlement Lawson Cars may elect to discharge such interests and deduct expenditure from the exchange value offered;
(c) the used motor vehicle will be delivered in the same condition as at the date it was examined by Lawson Cars (fair wear and tear excepted);
(d) the used motor vehicle shall be delivered to Lawson Cars upon collection of the Goods together with all spare key sets, spare alarm remotes, registration documents, service documentation, MOT certificate, service invoices, warranty documentation and all other appropriate documentation and with the registration book completed and for the avoidance of doubt the Customer shall not be permitted to collect the Goods until the used motor vehicle shall have been delivered to Lawson Cars;
(e) title to the used motor vehicle shall pass absolutely on delivery to Lawson Cars;
(f) the exchange value quoted by Lawson Cars shall be binding on Lawson Cars for one calendar month from the date of the order, unless a different period is stipulated in the order. If the exchange value is no longer binding on Lawson Cars when the Goods are ready for delivery, Lawson Cars will give a current figure for the value of such part-exchange, at which point the Customer will have the option to accept the revised part-exchange value or not to part-exchange such used motor vehicle, provided always that the Customer shall still be obliged to purchase the Goods;
(g) in the event that any of the warranties in clause 5(a) prove to be untrue or there is a breach of clause 5(c), Lawson Cars shall be entitled to revise the Allowance to take account of such breach and where there is a reduction in the Allowance the Customer shall be liable to pay the difference between the original and reduced Allowances to ensure payment of the Total Retail Price of the Goods in accordance with clause 3 of these terms and conditions.
6. CHERISHED NUMBER PLATE
Where the Goods have a personalised or cherished number plate, unless stated on the face of the order, the Customer shall not be entitled to assume that such number plate is available with the Goods and the Customer will provide all reasonable assistance to Lawson Cars to facilitate transfer of the registration.
7. NEW GOODS/USED GOODS
(a) Where the Goods to be supplied by Lawson Cars are new, then the following additional conditions shall apply:
(i) the Customer shall be bound to pay any amount of car tax and value added tax or other tax or duty that Lawson Cars has legally become bound to pay, notwithstanding any amount specified on the order form;
(ii) if before delivery of the Goods the manufacturer/concessionaires recommended retail price for the Goods shall be increased Lawson Cars may give notice (“Notice”) of its intention to pass on to the Customer such increase, upon receipt of such Notice the Customer shall be entitled by notice in writing to Lawson Cars to cancel the contract within 21 days of the date of the Notice. Upon such cancellation any deposit paid by the Customer shall be returned and Lawson Cars shall be under no further liability to the Customer. If no notice is received by Lawson Cars from the Customer within such period then the Customer shall be bound to purchase the Goods at the increased price;
(iii) in the event that the manufacturer is unable to accept the order for the Goods then Lawson Cars may, by notice in writing to the Customer cancel the contract. Upon such cancellation any deposit paid by the Customer shall be returned and Lawson Cars shall be under no further liability to the Customer.
(b) In the event that the Goods were not originally supplied via the manufacturer’s official distributor for the United Kingdom the Customer accepts that the specification may vary from the British specification.
(a) Lawson Cars shall use all reasonable endeavours to pass the benefit of any manufacturer’s warranty on to the Customer. Any parts which require replacement during the period of the manufacturer's warranty as a result of wear and tear (for example but without limitation, the brake pads) are excluded from the warranty. The manufacturer's warranty is not affected by any change of ownership of the Goods. Remedial work under such warranty may be carried out by any dealer approved by the relevant manufacturer (“a Dealer”) at whose sole option any defective parts will be repaired or replaced. Any part replaced under the manufacturer's warranty is warranted to be free from defects in parts and materials until expiry of the original vehicle warranty. The manufacturer's warranty does not apply if and to the extent that the defect is caused or worsened by one of the following circumstances:
(i) after discovering the defect the Customer has failed either to inform Lawson Cars or to have the defect examined by a Dealer without reasonable delay;
(ii) has failed to give a Dealer the option to repair the Goods without reasonable delay;
(iii) the Goods or any part thereof have been subject to misuse, negligence, or accident or use for racing or similar sports;
(iv) if the Goods have been repaired or maintained and that repair or maintenance has not been carried out by or through a Dealer and/or to the manufacturer’s recommendations;
(v) parts have been installed into the Goods the use of which have not been approved by the manufacturer or if the Goods have been altered or modified in a manner not approved by the manufacturer;
(vi) instructions concerning the treatment, maintenance and care of the Goods have not been adhered to.
(b) In the case of the Goods being a second-hand vehicle, Lawson Cars shall transfer to the Customer the unexpired portion of the manufacturer’s warranty (if any) together with any used car warranty made available with respect to the Goods as stated on the front of the order. The Customer acknowledges that in the case of the Goods being a second-hand vehicle the Goods will be sold:
(i) subject to such wear and tear as is reasonable for a vehicle of its age, type, usage and mileage; and
(ii) subject to paintwork and/or bodywork repairs that may have been carried out to it.
9. EXAMINATION OF GOODS AND RELIANCE
(a) Prior to signing the order form the Customer shall examine the Goods to be purchased (if such are available for inspection) and the Customer is reminded that the condition of satisfactory quality implied by legislation does not operate in relation to such defects which such an examination ought to reveal. If the Goods are sold subject to defects and have been notified by Lawson Cars to the Customer before the signing of the contract, the condition of satisfactory quality referred to above does not operate in relation to those defects.
(b) The Customer confirms that it has satisfied itself as to the suitability of the Goods for its requirements and has not relied upon Lawson Cars skill or knowledge regarding the Goods' fitness for any particular purpose or use.
Without prejudice to the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty, where any valid claim in respect of the Goods which is based on any defect in the quality or condition of the Goods based on materials or workmanship or their failure to meet the specification is notified to Lawson Cars, Lawson Cars shall be entitled at its sole discretion either to replace or repair the Goods (or the part in question) free of charge or to refund to the Customer the price of the Goods (or a proportion part of the price), but Lawson Cars shall have no further liability to the Customer. Lawson Cars will not be liable where any defect results from or is worsened by one of the following circumstances:-
(a) after discovering the defect the Customer has failed either to inform Lawson Cars or to have the defect examined by a Dealer without reasonable delay;
(b) has failed to give a Dealer the option to repair the Goods without reasonable delay;
(c) the Goods or any part thereof have been subject to misuse, negligence, or accident or use for racing or similar sports;
(d) the Goods have been repaired or maintained and that repair or maintenance has not been carried out by or through a Dealer and/or to the manufacturer’s recommendations;
(e) parts have been installed into the Goods the use of which have not been approved by the manufacturer or if the vehicle has been altered or modified in a manner not approved by the manufacturer;
(f) instructions concerning the treatment, maintenance and care of the Goods have not been adhered to;
(g) wear and tear.
11. CONSUMER TRANSACTIONS
Where the Goods are sold under a consumer transaction as defined by the Consumer Transactions (restriction on statements) Order 1976 the statutory rights of the Customer are not affected by any of these terms and conditions.
12. SALE TO INTERMEDIARIES OR THIRD PARTIES
The Customer confirms that it is not purchasing the Goods as an intermediary or reseller unless specifically agreed by Lawson Cars to the contrary. Lawson Cars may, at its discretion refuse to change the Customer’s details or identity on the order or register the Goods to anybody other than the Customer.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this contract the Customer may, within 7 days of receipt of notification that the Goods are ready for delivery arrange for a finance company to purchase the Goods from Lawson Cars at the price payable hereunder. Lawson Cars shall not release the Goods until the Total Retail Price has been discharged in full, including receipt of cleared funds from the said finance company.
Any notice that is given hereunder may be given in writing, by electronic mail or communicated verbally. Notices in writing shall be posted or faxed to the residence or place of business of the person to whom it is addressed and shall be deemed to have been received, in the case of facsimile or electronic mail on the day of transmission and in the case of notice given by post, within two days of posting.
Any waiver by Lawson Cars or Customer of any breach of contract by the other shall be in writing and shall not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or of any other provision. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, failure by either party to enforce at any time or for any period any one or more of the conditions shall not be a waiver of them or of the right at any time subsequently to enforce all of them.
16. INVALIDITY OF THESE TERMS
If any provisions of these terms and conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected thereby. As far as it is possible to do so any clause that is in whole or in part invalid or unenforceable shall be interpreted with the minimum possible amendment so that the clause or part thereof is found to be valid and/or enforceable and gives effect as far as possible to the previously expressed intention of the clause.
17. APPLICABLE LAW
This contract shall be governed by the Laws of England and Wales and the parties shall submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts.
18. THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
No person who is not a party to the contract may in its own right enforce any terms of the contract provided that this clause shall not affect any right of action of any person to whom this contract is lawfully assigned.
19. RETENTION OF TITLE
(a) Notwithstanding delivery, collection and/or the passing of risk in the Goods, or any other provision of these terms and conditions, the property in the Goods shall not pass to the Customer until the Total Retail Price has been discharged in full and, in the case of a payment by cheque, the cheque has been cleared.
(b) Until such time as the property in the Goods passes, the Customer shall keep the Goods properly stored, protected and insured and identified as Lawson Cars property.
(c) Until such time as the property in the Goods passes to the Customer, Lawson Cars shall be entitled at any time to require the Customer to deliver up the Goods to Lawson Cars and if the Customer fails to do so forthwith, to enter upon any premises of the Customer or any third party where the Goods are stored and repossess the Goods.
(d) The Customer shall not be entitled to sell, pledge or in any way charge by way of security for any indebtedness any Goods which remain the property of Lawson Cars, but if the Customer does so all monies owing by the Customer to Lawson Cars shall (without prejudice to any other right or remedy of Lawson Cars) forthwith, become due and payable.
20. NEW GOODS
Where the Goods to be supplied by Lawson Cars are new, then this contract and the provisions for delivery of the Goods shall be subject to any terms and conditions which the manufacturer/concessionaire may lawfully have imposed on the supply of the Goods or the resale of the Goods by Lawson Cars. Lawson Cars shall not be liable for any failure or delay in delivering the Goods caused by or resulting from Lawson Cars compliance with the manufacturers/concessionaires terms and conditions.
Except as provided by law, or under clauses 2(c), 7(a)(iii) or 23 of these terms and conditions, no order which has been accepted by Lawson Cars may be cancelled by the Customer except with the agreement in writing of Lawson Cars and on terms that the Customer’s deposit shall be forfeit and further that the Customer shall indemnify Lawson Cars in full against all loss (including loss of profit), costs (including the cost of all labour and materials used), damages, charges and expenses incurred by Lawson Cars as a result of cancellation.
22. DISTANCE SELLING
(a) In accordance with the Consumer Protection Distance Selling Regulations 2000, if the Customer as a private consumer has entered into this contract prior to a face-to-face meeting with Lawson Cars, the Customer may cancel the contract on written notice within 8 working days of collection.
(b) On cancellation the Goods shall be immediately returned to Lawson Cars at the Customer’s cost.
(c) If the Customer fails to deliver the Goods to Lawson Cars, Lawson Cars may make a charge for its direct costs of recovering the Goods from the Customer, Lawson Cars may deduct this charge from any sum that Lawson Cars must pay or repay to the Customer
(d) On cancellation any related credit agreement will be cancelled.
(e) On cancellation the Customer must, until the Goods are restored to Lawson Cars, take reasonable care of the Goods and keep the Goods in the Customer's possession.
(f) If the cancelled contract involved a part-exchange Lawson Cars will return the part-exchange or pay the agreed part-exchange value to the Customer at Lawson Cars discretion.
(g) If the Customer has altered, modified, personalised, or done anything to the Goods inconsistent with Lawson Cars ownership of the Goods, then if the Customer cancels the contract for the Goods he shall indemnify Lawson Cars for any loss Lawson Cars suffers as a result of such alteration, modification or thing done to the Goods which is inconsistent with Lawson Cars ownership;
(h) If the Goods are made to the Customer’s specifications or clearly personalised then the Customer does not have the right to cancel the contract.
23. DEFECTIVE GOODS
(a)Without prejudice to clause 8 above any claim by the Customer which is based on any defect in the quality or condition of the Goods on delivery or their failure to correspond with specification shall (whether or not delivery is refused by the Customer) be notified to Lawson Cars within 14 days from the date of collection of the Goods or the date of refusal of delivery as the case may be or (where the defect or failure is not apparent upon reasonable inspection) within a reasonable time after the discovery of the defect or failure. If delivery is not refused, and the Customer does not notify Lawson Cars as above the Customer shall be deemed to have accepted the Goods. (b) The the Goods shall be immediately returned to Lawson Cars at the Customer’s cost in the event of any request to reject the good on the basis of being defective. (c) If the Customer fails to deliver the Goods to Lawson Cars, Lawson Cars may make a charge for its direct costs of recovering the Goods from the Customer, Lawson Cars may deduct this charge from any sum that Lawson Cars must pay or repay to the Customer. For avoidance of doubt, Lawson Cars shall not be liable for any costs associated with the return of the goods, return of the goods and associated costs remain the responsibility and/or liability of the customer irrespective of any other claim.
Except in respect of death or personal injury caused by Lawson Cars negligence, or any loss caused by the fraud of Lawson Cars, Lawson Cars shall not be liable to the Customer by reason of any representation, or any implied warranty, condition or other terms, or any duty at common law, or under the express terms of this contract, for any:
(a) loss or damage incurred by the Customer as a result of third party claims
(b) loss of actual or anticipated profits;
(c) loss of business opportunity;
(d) loss of anticipated savings;
(e) loss of goodwill;
(f) injury to reputation;
(g) any indirect, special or consequential loss or damage howsoever caused even if Lawson Cars was advised of the possibility of them in advance; or
(h) any direct or indirect loss or disappointment caused by the cancellation of the contract which arise out of or in connection with the supply of the Goods or their resale by the Customer, except as expressly provided in these terms and conditions. Nothing in this clause shall operate to restrict or exclude Lawson Cars liability or limit the Customer’s rights in any way that cannot be restricted, excluded or limited by law.
25. FORCE MAJEURE
Lawson Cars shall not be liable to the Customer or be deemed to be in breach of the contract for reason of any delay in performing or any failure to perform, any of Lawson Cars obligations in respect of the Goods, if the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond Lawson Cars reasonable control including (without limitation) any failure to deliver the Goods occasioned by strikes, inclement weather, civil unrest, an inability to obtain the Goods from the importer or from the manufacturer. However nothing in this clause shall prevent the Customer from being liable for a failure to raise the Total Retail Price.
(a) This clause applies if:
(i) the Customer (being a company) makes any voluntary arrangement with its creditors or becomes subject to an administration order or has an administrative receiver appointed or goes into insolvent liquidation or (being a partnership) becomes wound-up or a receiver is appointed or enters into an individual voluntary arrangement; or
(ii) the Customer (being an individual) enters into an arrangement, compromise or composition in satisfaction of debts with his creditors or a bankruptcy;
(iii) an encumbrancer takes possession of any of the property or assets of the Customer;
(iv) Lawson Cars reasonably apprehends that any of the events mentioned above is about to occur in relation to the Customer accordingly;
(v) Lawson Cars has reasonable cause to believe that the Customer will be unable to meets its financial obligations in respect of this agreement.
(vi) Lawson Cars becomes aware that the Customer is in breach of clause 12;
(vii) the Customer is in material breach of any obligations under the contract.
(b) If this clause applies, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to Lawson Cars, Lawson Cars shall be entitled to cancel this contract or suspend delivery under this contract and forfeit any deposit paid by the Customer without any liability to the Customer, and if the Goods shall have been delivered but not paid for the price shall become immediately due and payable notwithstanding any previous agreement or arrangement to the contrary.
The Customer shall be deemed to be personally liable for the contract even though he shall hold himself out as acting as agent for a principal and despite him having purported to sign the order form overleaf in a representative capacity so that their liability shall be joint and several. The Customer warrants that he has the authority to bind the principal to the contract as agent on its behalf.
Lawson Cars shall keep and use any data relating to the Customer in accordance with the provisions of all relevant data protection legislation and the Customer consents to such data being kept and used for appropriate purposes, including informing the Customer of any offers or other matters of interest from time to time.
Lawson Cars has a dedicated complaints policy - details of which can be viewed at http://www.lawson-cars.co.uk/complaints-procedure