Some industries have extra requirements that mean those working in them might need to register with certain regulatory authorities and carry out other specific compliance duties, and motor vehicle trading is one of them.
In addition to working within consumer laws that apply to all retailers – such as the Consumer Guarantees Act (1993) and the Fair Trading Act (1986) – motor vehicle traders need to adhere to the Motor Vehicle Sales Act (2003).
If you meet the following definition of a motor vehicle trader, you must register as one on the Motor vehicle traders register (external link)
You must register as a motor vehicle trader with The Motor Vehicles Traders Register if you’re:
This is what you need to do to if you’re an auctioneer selling motor vehicles:
Motor vehicle traders (external link) — Consumer Protection
Consumer law for retailers has information on the Fair Trading Act and the Consumer Guarantees Act with retailers
This is what you must do if you operate a car market, car fair or display cars for sale (including online):
This is a guide only. Only the courts can make an authoritative ruling on breaches of the Fair Trading Act. The guide is not intended to be definitive, and should not be used instead of legal advice.