Goods bought for normal domestic use, including second-hand goods, come within the protection given consumers by the CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT 1993. Therefore goods bought from a second-hand dealer are required:
Obviously the life span of second-hand goods is less than for new goods. Whether or not the goods comply with the standards in the Act will depend on what a "reasonable consumer" would find acceptable, taking into account factors such as:
(See How to exercise your rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act.)
A second-hand dealer may provide a warranty or guarantee with the goods, which may be for a few months. Alternatively, there may be no warranty or guarantee at all.
However, whether or not there is a warranty or guarantee, the protection under the Consumer Guarantees Act will apply if the goods are faulty; these rights cannot be replaced by the dealer issuing a limited warranty.
The dealer cannot remove your rights under the Act by putting up signs such as "No refunds".
Second-hand dealers must be licensed under the SECONDHAND DEALERS AND PAWNBROKERS ACT 2004. They must display a copy of their licence in a prominent place at their shop. It's an offence for someone to say they are a licensed second-hand dealer if this is untrue.
Dealers must also keep records of the goods they hold and sell. These records must include who they bought each item from and for how much, and other details.