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I have sent a letter to currys, folllowing all the advice from this website but i received the below reply

 

Thank you for your email dated 27th September 2007, which has been

brought to my attention this afternoon.

 

It is concerning to hear of the problems you have experienced surrounding

your faulty washing machine.

 

Our 12 month warranty provides for repair on a free of charge basis

to cover problems arising from the manufacturer or assembly of a

product. Faults that occur after the guarantee period has expired are

usually the result of fair wear and tear, not a manufacturing defect.

The cost of the repair in those circumstances is not the responsibility of

the retailer, but of the purchaser.

 

If your washing machine is faulty due to a manufacturers fault, and you

require us to consider your claim further, please obtain a detailed

engineer’s report.

 

The report should state the nature of the fault, parts required and

relevant costs including vat and labour. Should your product be

faulty due to an manufacturers defect, then we will consider a contribution

or reimbursement of the cost of repair.

 

Once you have obtained the report please send to the Currys Support

address, along with a covering letter and a copy of the purchase receipt.

 

When received your claim will be given full consideration.

 

Currys Support

Customer Contact Centre

PO Box 1687

Sheffield

S2 5YA

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Laura Whitehouse

Currys Support

 

 

 

Any idea how much it costs to get an engineer in to write a report? do i just find one from the yellow pages?

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Can you post up a copy of the letter you sent to Currys?

 

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Dear Sirs

Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended)

On 5 August 2006 I bought an Ariston Washer Dryer model number A1400WD from Currys, Kingston upon Thames Branch for £349.95 in which I paid £171.90 by Morgan Stanley Master Card and the rest by Currys credit notes. I have discovered it is faulty.

The problem is the water was coming out from the detergent drawer on 24 September 2007 whilst I was cooking in the kitchen as the water splashed out from the detergent drawer, I got an electric shocked because water splashed into the power plug and my electricity box fuse tripped after I unplug the power cord.

I complained about this to Mr John of Currys, Kingston upon Thames Branch on 26 September 2007 and he refused to offer any help as he said it is out of warranty.

I have also called Mastercare who is also unhelpful as they told me that my washer dryer is out of warranty and they said they will have to charge me £94.99, (which is a third of the purchase price) for one of their engineers to come round and have a look.

Under s14 of Sale of Goods Act 1979, it says the quality of the goods sold must be satisfactory that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory, taking account of any description of the goods, the price and all other relevant circumstances.

I wish to reject the goods, as it is not of satisfactory quality, and claim a replacement/refund from you.

Please respond to my complaint within seven days.

Yours faithfully

Sally Lu

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Our 12 month warranty provides for repair on a free of charge basis

to cover problems arising from the manufacturer or assembly of a

product. Faults that occur after the guarantee period has expired are

usually the result of fair wear and tear, not a manufacturing defect.

The cost of the repair in those circumstances is not the responsibility of

the retailer, but of the purchaser.

 

 

WRONG. WRONG. WRONG!

 

Firstly, it's not THEIR warranty, it's the manufacturer's warranty. And a manufacturer's warranty is IN ADDITION to your statuatory rights.

 

Secondly, "faults" do not suddenly appear due to "fair wear and tear". This aside, a product is expected to be DURABLE (to the degree that a "reasonable" person would expect), if it is proven NOT TO BE durable (to a degree that a "reasonable" person would expect) then it is a FAULT IN MANUFACTURE. ie - Not of satisfactory quality.

 

Your statuatory rights DO NOT come to an end when your manufacturer's warranty expires!

 

As you have now sent a request in writing - and you have had a reply, it's now time to refer the problem to Trading Standards who will, if necessary, act on your behalf.

 

 

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Dear Sirs,

 

I refer to my conversation with your customer service and advice from Consumer Action Group. I would like to make a formal complaint against Currys.

 

I have purchased an Ariston Waher Dryer model number A1400WD from Currys. Kingston Upon Thames Branch for £349.95 in which I paid £171.90 by Morgan Stanley Master Card and the rest by Currys credit notes.

 

On 24 September 2007, the washer dryer developed a fault. The water was coming out from the detergent drawer whilst I was cooking in the kitchen. Due to water splashed into the power socket, I got an electric shock as a result.

 

I did not purchase an extended warranty as goods at a price of £349.95 should last a reasonable amount of time as according to the Sale of Goods Act 1979

 

I have explained the situation to Mr John of Currys, Kingston upon Thames Branch on 26 September 2007 and try to resolve this matter but was told that my applicance was 13 months old and not within the twelve months old and therefore nothing else can be done.

 

I wrote to Currys Customer Service and they wrote back refusing to accept responsibility due to the expired of guarantee period and they have completely ignore Section 14 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979. (please refer email below)

 

I should be grateful if you would explain to Currys, as a retailer, Sale of Goods Act 1979 are implied to all goods they are selling and goods must of satisfactory quality under s14 of the act and we, as a customer are entitled to a replacement/refund if we bought faulty goods from them.

 

Yours faithfully

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Thank you for your email trail below.

You ask us to explain to Currys about the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

I have read the emails and feel that Currys email to you dated 1 October is an appropriate response to you.

The Sale of Goods Act (as amended) s.14, as you say, has an implied term that goods, sold by a trader, should be of a satisfactory quality, at the time of purchase. This has to be taken in context with other sections of the amended act.

It is just over 13 months since the purchase of the Washer Dryer took place and your machine has now become faulty.

At this stage the act says that the onus is upon the consumer to prove that the goods were not of a satisfactory standard, at the time of purchase.

Currys Support email states the procedure for you to follow and they say when they receive your claim it will be given full consideration.

To give you some idea of your rights, if you had a valid claim, after 13 months of reasonable wear and tear, you might be entitled to a repair or the cost of repair or if the machine cannot be repaired compensation for what the machine was worth, at the time the fault occurred.

A replacement of a new machine or a refund would be betterment at this point in time.

If you had a valid claim you could also pursue a claim for reasonable, foreseeable and quantifiable out of pocket expenses.

For some idea on depreciation of electrical goods you might consider looking at the Radio, Electrical and Television Retailers Association website www.retra.co.uk under their code of practice.

My details are below if you want to discuss the matter further and I am not available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

If I have not heard from you by the 2 November I will file your details but that does not stop you coming back to this department, on this matter, any time in the future.

I hope this clarifies matters for you and is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely.

Erica Farmer

Senior Consumer Affairs Officer

Trading Standards Department

Guildhall

Kingston

KT1 1EU

[email protected]

Tel: 020 8547 5510

Fax: 020 8547 5515

www.kingston.gov.uk/trading

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...and I forgot to add...

 

Requesting a full refund is unlikely to yield a result. You should be requesting a REPAIR to your product. If this is not viable, then you should seek a REPLACEMENT of a similar specification and value.

 

If neither option is viable, then you should seek a PARTIAL REFUND.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Lefty

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Currys Support email states the procedure for you to follow and they say when they receive your claim it will be given full consideration.

 

What should i do next? Do i really need to consider to ask a engineer to come in?

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You should be able to find a reputable repair company who can provide a "free" estimate. This could, in effect, be suitable as an engineer's report.

 

Lefty

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Lefty, can you find me a company who will provide "free" estimate?

 

I have called a few companies from the yell.com and they are quoted me for around £53 - £89

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Lefty, can you find me a company who will provide "free" estimate?

 

I have called a few companies from the yell.com and they are quoted me for around £53 - £89

 

That's not easy for me to do - and not really appropriate to endorse third party companies on this site - plus I don't know your geographical location...

 

...but a quick google of "free estimates, washer repairs" produced several companies offering both free call out and free estimates! :)

 

 

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Lefty

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There are not many tradesmen who will provide a free written estimate and one of the reasons why is for exactly what you are asking the OP to get one for. Why should a tradesman waste their time and money providing free estimates so that you can pursue Curry's? Be upfront about your situation and pay for a proper report, if you win, then you can claim that cost back. Just my two pennorth worth...

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Thank you for your email trail below.

You ask us to explain to Currys about the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

I have read the emails and feel that Currys email to you dated 1 October is an appropriate response to you.

The Sale of Goods Act (as amended) s.14, as you say, has an implied term that goods, sold by a trader, should be of a satisfactory quality, at the time of purchase. This has to be taken in context with other sections of the amended act.

It is just over 13 months since the purchase of the Washer Dryer took place and your machine has now become faulty.

At this stage the act says that the onus is upon the consumer to prove that the goods were not of a satisfactory standard, at the time of purchase.

Currys Support email states the procedure for you to follow and they say when they receive your claim it will be given full consideration.

To give you some idea of your rights, if you had a valid claim, after 13 months of reasonable wear and tear, you might be entitled to a repair or the cost of repair or if the machine cannot be repaired compensation for what the machine was worth, at the time the fault occurred.

A replacement of a new machine or a refund would be betterment at this point in time.

If you had a valid claim you could also pursue a claim for reasonable, foreseeable and quantifiable out of pocket expenses.

For some idea on depreciation of electrical goods you might consider looking at the Radio, Electrical and Television Retailers Association website www.retra.co.uk under their code of practice.

My details are below if you want to discuss the matter further and I am not available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

If I have not heard from you by the 2 November I will file your details but that does not stop you coming back to this department, on this matter, any time in the future.

I hope this clarifies matters for you and is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely.

Erica Farmer

Senior Consumer Affairs Officer

Trading Standards Department

Guildhall

Kingston

KT1 1EU

[email protected]

Tel: 020 8547 5510

Fax: 020 8547 5515

www.kingston.gov.uk/trading

This response, AIUI, is correct.

 

You're not entitled to a replacement or a refund if it is reasonable to assume the fault is repairable.

 

And outside the 6 months the consumer needs to prove the fault was inherent to the retailer.

 

Currys' email is also factually correct in that regard.

 

SOGA only gives you protection if you can prove the fault was there when you got the item and has occurred within a reasonable lifespan of the product.

The above post constitutes my personal opinion on the facts in the post compared with my personal knowledge of the applicable legislation. I make no guarantees of its legal accuracy. If you are in doubt seek advice of a legal professional specialising in the area concerned.

 

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Thank you for your reply email dated 1st October 2007, which has been brought

to my attention this afternoon.

 

As a retailer, we are aware of the Sales of Goods Act 1979 (as amended), and

do offer a duty of care to you and your product for up to five years, from date of

purchase. We can only contribute towards a repair or exchange, if the washer/dryer

has a manufacturing defect.

 

To enable us to do this, the customer must provide us with an independent engineer’s

report, stating the fault, parts needed, and estimated cost of repair. Free of charge

assessments of faulty items are only provided within the manufacturers warranty.

 

Due to the age of your washing machine, if it is proven that it is faulty due to a manufacturers

defect, we will cover the cost of the engineers report. It is also likely, that Currys will cover

the cost of repair. This can not be said indefinitely, until the report has been provided.

 

I trust the above clarifies our position in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Laura Whitehouse

Currys Support

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Thank you for your reply email dated 1st October 2007, which has been brought

to my attention this afternoon.

 

As a retailer, we are aware of the Sales of Goods Act 1979 (as amended), and

do offer a duty of care to you and your product for up to five years, from date of

purchase. We can only contribute towards a repair or exchange, if the washer/dryer

has a manufacturing defect.

 

To enable us to do this, the customer must provide us with an independent engineer’s

report, stating the fault, parts needed, and estimated cost of repair. Free of charge

assessments of faulty items are only provided within the manufacturers warranty.

 

Due to the age of your washing machine, if it is proven that it is faulty due to a manufacturers

defect, we will cover the cost of the engineers report. It is also likely, that Currys will cover

the cost of repair. This can not be said indefinitely, until the report has been provided.

 

I trust the above clarifies our position in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Laura Whitehouse

Currys Support

 

They are right. Get an engineer's report to prove it was faulty at purchase and they will refund that and sort it. By law, they have to.

The above post constitutes my personal opinion on the facts in the post compared with my personal knowledge of the applicable legislation. I make no guarantees of its legal accuracy. If you are in doubt seek advice of a legal professional specialising in the area concerned.

 

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...and, under the act, it is deemed to be a manufacturer's fault if a product proves not to be DURABLE!

 

A new (name brand) washing machine should be fault free for longer than 13 months. A REASONABLE person would expect anything between 2 - 5 years!

 

 

 

Cheers

LEFTY

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...and, under the act, it is deemed to be a manufacturer's fault if a product proves not to be DURABLE!

 

A new (name brand) washing machine should be fault free for longer than 13 months. A REASONABLE person would expect anything between 2 - 5 years!

 

 

 

Cheers

LEFTY

 

Outside the six months the buyer has to prove this.

The above post constitutes my personal opinion on the facts in the post compared with my personal knowledge of the applicable legislation. I make no guarantees of its legal accuracy. If you are in doubt seek advice of a legal professional specialising in the area concerned.

 

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Hi Lefty

 

Chesterexpress does have a point, but as electrical appliances have been the bane of our life they are one of the few items we insure for repair.

 

There are two or three companies that specialize in this service ( do NOT use Domestic and General ) but as we live in a semi-rural area we find the local parish magazine carries various advertisements from local tradesmen who can be extremely helpful.

 

One such chap spent over an hour on our heating boiler and when he found he did not have the necessary spares available suggested we insure it! No charge made, but we've called him back for a couple of minor jobs.

 

Hope I've helped a little. I think Ariston/Indesit and probably others are all made by the same plant in Italy and "badged" accordingly. Built in obsolescence is one of their main features!

 

Think I could find a direct number for them in Peterborough if it would help, but it will need a bit of searching for.

 

Regards

 

Vandermerwe

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to cut the long story short, hotpoint enginner has clear the filter and charged me £94.99 instead of providing me a engineer report. this is due to a misunderstanding between thier customer service and engineer.

 

The engineer gave me a receipt and it states description of work charges "leaking from dispenser-cleared sump blockage"

 

Will curry reimbursement me?

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Hi n6600.

 

I very much doubt it. Sorry.

 

Hotpoint, Ariston and Indesit are all "serviced" by the same company.

 

I put the word "serviced" in inverted commas because we have had no end of trouble with an Indesit washer/dryer and have had to wait anything up to 10 days for an engineer to visit.

 

The good news is that one of them (the engineers can be extremely charming but they are controlled and their appointments booked for them for one of the ubiquitous call centres) told my wife the repairs were going to be expensive, so cleaned the filter, charged the minimum call out charge and told her to take out maintenance insurance at a cost of (I think) £14 odd per month.

 

We acted immediately waited, I think 28 days, and then booked a service call, followed by another and then.....

 

Can give you details if you wish - don't confuse this with extended warranty cover which is a rip off.

 

We insure only two appliances in this manner: the wretched washer-drier and the gas fired boiler and controls. In five years we have had six new PCBs and two gas controllers fitted. That cost is £10 odd per month. Good value but a poorly engineered product.

 

Hope I've helped.

 

Regards.

 

Vandermerwe

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to cut the long story short, hotpoint enginner has clear the filter and charged me £94.99 instead of providing me a engineer report. this is due to a misunderstanding between thier customer service and engineer.

 

The engineer gave me a receipt and it states description of work charges "leaking from dispenser-cleared sump blockage"

 

Will curry reimbursement me?

A blockage sounds like wear and tear, so i would guess not.

The above post constitutes my personal opinion on the facts in the post compared with my personal knowledge of the applicable legislation. I make no guarantees of its legal accuracy. If you are in doubt seek advice of a legal professional specialising in the area concerned.

 

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Hi ForestChav,

 

I have the same impression, but the problem is Ariston washing machine has no filter in front of the machine.

 

Their filter is situated under the drum which is impossible for us to clean and the hotpoint customer service told me that this is a common problem with thier machines and try to persuade me to buy their £29.99 "powder cleaner" as it will clean the blockage of the filter.

 

Do you think this is macnufacturer fault? Can i argue this with curry?

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Hi ForestChav,

 

I have the same impression, but the problem is Ariston washing machine has no filter in front of the machine.

 

Their filter is situated under the drum which is impossible for us to clean and the hotpoint customer service told me that this is a common problem with thier machines and try to persuade me to buy their £29.99 "powder cleaner" as it will clean the blockage of the filter.

 

Do you think this is macnufacturer fault? Can i argue this with curry?

 

 

I do know Soga but I'm not a white goods expert so I don't know for sure. What I do know, is that if you need to argue that line with them, is that you need an engineer's report to prove it with Currys as has been repeatedly said.

The above post constitutes my personal opinion on the facts in the post compared with my personal knowledge of the applicable legislation. I make no guarantees of its legal accuracy. If you are in doubt seek advice of a legal professional specialising in the area concerned.

 

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