Who is a consumer?

According to the Act, a consumer is “someone acting for purposes which are wholly or mainly outside that individuals trade, business or profession”.

So, for example, a plumber who buys a van for his tools but who drives the kids around at the weekend in the van is unlikely to be a consumer and neither is a driving instructor who mainly uses the vehicle to teach learner drivers. The plumber and the driving instructor will not be entitled to the remedies in this Act. Their rights as a business buyer are covered in the remaining parts of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.