What are my rights after the express warranty has expired?

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Australian Consumer Guarantees

Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Australian Consumer Guarantees apply to many products and services you buy regardless of any other warranties suppliers sell or give to you.

It is often assumed that when an express warranty expires a consumer has no legal rights to pursue.

All may not be lost if your express warranty has expired

For example:

If an express warranty against defects is provided it will operate in addition to the Australian Consumer Guarantees.

The express warranty does not limit or replace them.

This means that if you buy a motor vehicle that comes with a three-year or 100,000 km written express warranty outlining what the manufacturer will do if there are certain problems with the vehicle, and a defect becomes apparent outside of the time/usage provided for in the express warranty (that is, 3 years and 1 month, or 105,000 km) there is still a possibility that the Australian Consumer Guarantees may apply!

If you need assistance to understand your rights under Australian Consumer Law we recommend that you contact our legal team.

Further reading: What consumer guarantees automatically apply to products and services sold in Australia?

Important Notice:

This FAQ is intended for general interest + information only.

It is not legal advice, nor should it be relied upon or used as such.

We recommend you always consult a lawyer for legal advice specifically tailored to your needs & circumstances.