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What constitutes satisfactory quality under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, asks Richard Lawson

28 January 2005

The cornerstone to the Sale of Goods Act 1979 is the regime it imposes, on sales to businesses as much as to consumers, as to the quality of the goods supplied. In particular, s 13 requires that all goods supplied under a contract must conform to their contract description; while, perhaps more importantly, s 14 provides that all goods supplied under the contract must be reasonably fit for their purpose and of satisfactory quality. Most case law has concentrated on the detailed requirements of the term as to satisfactory quality, and the cases considered below look at some of its special features. Where goods are illegal in use In Bramhill v Edwards [2004] EWCA Civ 403, the claimants had purchased a motor caravan imported from the US. Its width was 102”, whereas the maximum width for a vehicle permitted in the UK, under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (SI no 1078) was 100”. The vehicle had been registered with the DVLA and dri...

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