TRADE SALES – Where do you stand?


It is prudent to protect yourself by using a Trade Sale Invoice,

Author: Dennis Chapman
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It is a common grey area, as to what constitutes a ‘Trade Sale’.  Trade sales can only be made to persons who are not a consumer.  

The Unfair Contract Terms Act defines a consumer as follows; 

’12 – Dealing as a consumer’.
(1)  A party to a contract ‘deals as consumer’ in relation to another party if;

(a)  he neither makes the contract in the course of a business nor holds himself out as doing so; and
(b)  the other party does make the contract in the course of a business; and
(c)  in the case of a contract governed by the law of sale of goods or hire-purchase, or by section 7 of this Act, the goods passing under or in pursuance of the contract are of a type ordinarily supplied for private use or consumption.

As such only if a purchaser of the vehicle is a business, purchasing a vehicle for business purposes, i.e. A fellow motor trader purchasing a vehicle to sell on at a later date, or a business buying a company vehicle can the sale be classed as a Trade Sale. 

As such it is prudent to protect yourself by using a Trade Sale Invoice, specifically making the purchaser aware that they are purchasing the vehicle under these terms. The Invoice should have a clear description of what is meant by a trade sale and a disclaimer, symbolising the purchaser’s agreement that they are eligible for a Trade Sale.  

See Lawgistics Trade Sale Invoice stationary pads, but remember these pads can not be used for consumer sales. 

Dennis Chapman

In remembrance of Dennis Chapman 1951 -2015

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