Two-year warranty (EU law)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ipoppy, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. ipoppy macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    So I am having problem with my MBA. Few keys on keyboard stopped responding and Trackpad does not click anymore. MBA is almost 2 years old so I went to Apple store to see if they can fix it. After brief diagnostic the top case need to be replaced for £150, which is not bad at all. However, when I mention if that product is covered under 2 years EU warranty I have been told to bugger off because they cover only products with defects, products which never been used. So in other words I got 2 years to open box with MBA to see if there is any defects during delivery. I call it horse ****** because according to this I got 2 months to tell about the problem and they should fix it no matter when as long as that happened during first 2 years.
    There is some explanation on Apple website of how to approach this problem. Apple says “In most EU member states, consumers may only claim for defects that were present on delivery. There are some exceptions including Czech Republic and Romania. The burden to prove that the defect (including latent defects) existed on delivery generally shifts to the consumer after the expiry of a period of six months from date of delivery. Examples of countries where the burden of proof does not shift include Czech Republic, Portugal and Romania. Please contact your local European Consumer Centre for details of the position in your country.”
    So is there someone out there who can clarify that to me? Anyone with similar experience?

  2. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    as your link says

    so yeah, you get 2 years, but as your link says, after 6 months it's up to you to prove that the problem existed when the product was delivered.

    The EU warranty is only for the condition of the product when it was delivered. Generally the EU warranty doesn't cover products just because they stop working during that 2 year period.
  3. ipoppy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    Thats what cracks me up. The EU 2 year warranty is absolutely useless or at least misleading. It is almost impossible to prove that fault was there on arrival when you come back with it after 18 months. By the way who is waiting up to 2 years to open the box??? It won't be hard for seller to prove that fault is due to usage. I guess that rule may find use somewhere else but not in consumer electronics.
    Anyway thanks for clarify it.
  4. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Never mind the EU law you should be covered by the UK sales of goods act. Contact your local trading standards.

    *assumes it was purchased in the UK and not the
  5. ipoppy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    Actually it was purchased online. However I would mind to know more about UK sales of goods act. Is there anything which could help in future repairs?:D
  6. iStudentUK, Sep 13, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012

    iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Ok rant time- There is no two year EU warranty.

    A directive was introduced in 1999ish that stated that effectively said where a consumer purchased a product and that product was delivered with a defect a consumer cannot be prevented from taking legal action for two years. It is a bit like a statute of limitation- the directive says if my MacBook arrives in two pieces I am allowed to sit on my arse for 23 months and 29 days before I file court papers.

    Now many will ask how is this useful? Well it comes down to people not understanding what defective at the time of purchase means. It does not mean if my MacBook breaks after a week I am stuffed. Let me explain by example- lets say my MacBook is delivered to me with a weak cable inside. I can't see that cable and have no idea there is a problem. 18 months later the cable suddenly breaks and my MacBook stops working, 18 months is shorter than you would expect a cable to last. The defect was the faulty cable that was there from the start, it breaking and my MacBook stopping working is simply the manifestation of the defect. I can go to court (I'm inside the two year window) and sue Apple.

    However if I buy a Biro for 50p and 18 months later it stops working I'm unlikely to be able to sue, even though I am in the two year window. What is the defect? 18 months for a 50p Biro is pretty good.

    Another thing people fuss about is the "burden of proof". Reality is if you had AppleCare and Apple refused to do anything you'd have to go to court and the burden of proof would be on you. The directive grants consumer an initial 6 months presumption that they wouldn't ordinarily have. Also remember in the UK the standard of proof in civil cases is on balance of probabilities- 51% will do. Plus low value proceedings go to small claims court- which is quite simple and informal. I've never had to go that far, but people I know who have actually quite enjoyed it. Costs very little. People should not be afraid to stand up for themselves!

    Final point - when people say "I'll use the Sale of Goods Act 1979 instead" I die a little. EU directives are not directly applicable in EU countries. A directive is an instruction to governments to implement legislation to that effect. Most of that directives' contents were already in the Sale of Goods Act (s.11-14 particularly). The government just added a few bits (s.48A-C?). The two year limitation that EU directive mandated was already six years in the UK- but as you can see from my examples above that does not mean everything should last six years here.

    (References, dates etc may be a bit off- done from memory on the train!)

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