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What is the Meaning of Fitness for Purpose?

If the buyer makes known a particular purpose of which he/she is buying the goods e.g. “I want this car to tow a caravan” or “I need a special heavy duty battery for my caravan”, then the goods must satisfy that purpose.

Sellers should be cautious since in the example given the extra loading of the car might cause the gearbox to fail and the customer is relying solely on your judgement.

The cases for new and second hand cars generally follow the same conclusions as for “satisfactory quality”

Published: 10 Mar 2011

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