Sale of Goods Act 1979

The Sale of Goods Act 1979 was a UK law that regulated the sale of goods between businesses and consumers. The Act established the basic rights and obligations of sellers and buyers in a sale of goods transaction. However, it has now been largely replaced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 regarding consumer contracts but remains applicable to business contracts. The key provisions of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 included:
  1. Goods must be of satisfactory quality: Goods must be of a standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory, taking into account any description, price and other relevant factors.
  2. Goods must be fit for purpose: Goods must be fit for any particular purpose that the buyer made known to the seller, or that the seller should have been aware of.
  3. Goods must match their description: The goods must match any description given to the buyer, whether in writing or orally.
  4. Goods must be sold by a person with the right to sell: The seller must have the right to sell the goods.
  5. Goods must be delivered: The goods must be delivered to the buyer.
  6. Title to the goods must pass to the buyer: The seller must have the legal right to sell the goods and pass the title to the buyer.

The Sale of Goods Act 1979 has now largely been replaced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which provides consumers with greater rights and protections when buying goods, services, and digital content.

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