- 19 February 2018 at 11:17 pm #128698
Hi Stuart, We bought a brand new Ford Focus (Zetec) on 31/01/18. then, just recently, the engine cut out twice in the middle of driving and again the next day, our young grandson was with us and it was worrying as it was potentially dangerous. Although I managed to restart the engine eventually, we are not happy at all about this happening on a new car. We haven’t taken the car to the garage yet but verbally informed our dealership (we will follow this in writing very soon). In addition, we are both finding the driving very “bouncy” and uncomfortable, even on slightly uneven roads and noisy when driving over road joints. I thought new cars were supposed to be much smoother, is this normal ? ( didn’t notice this on the short test drive ). Our 17-year-old Ford Focus seemed smoother. Me & my wife are 70 and I can’t see how we can continue driving under these conditions.
Do you think we can reject the car under these circumstances?
do we have to reject it formally before the 30 day period ? or can we state we reserve the right to reject if not fixed?
the car was bought with 1/2 deposit and 1/2 Ford finance (HP) over 3 years. we put our old car under the scrappage scheme. if our old car has not been taken away yet , would we be able to get it back?
p.s we’ve covered 500 miles so far.
- 20 February 2018 at 3:02 pm #128712
Hi Noah. I would have thought that a brand new car cutting out at speed would be reasonable grounds to reject the car, assuming it’s not simply the start-stop system cutting out when the vehicle is stationary.
The issue of it being “bouncy and uncomfortable” is far more subjective, and far more difficult to argue that the car is faulty unless you can show that this is not normal for that model and specification Focus (ie – it’s a specific problem on your car, rather than simply the way that that model drives).
If you want to reject the car without having to accept a repair, you need to formally advise the dealer and finance company within 30 days. After 30 days, but within the first six months, the dealer is entitled to one chance to fix the problem after you advise your intention to reject the car.
You almost certainly would not be able to get your old car back. Instead you would get a full refund on the price of the new car, which would include the value of your part-exchange vehicle.
For more information, have a read of our article about rejecting a faulty car.