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    Warranty forfeit OK??

    Hi Guys, do you think this is fair.

    From 2 angles is it legally acceptable (disclaim you all now for any input as i know you aint lawyers!)

    And from a ethical stand point??

    We have a clause in warranty that basically states that if you choose not to pay us on time and we have to get to final demand stage, you forfeit your warranty completely, even once payment is received after final demands (warranty which can be up to 2 years).

    Personally i think this is OK, but then i am viewing it from my side only right now.
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    I wouldn't like it, if this happened. Unless you are very upfront with it. So in your sales pitch you say something like The product delivered is the very best and will be installed by workmen with 20 years experience. All we want in return is payment when it is due, if not received in time your warranty is forfeited. Then go on how in the event of failure if the warranty is cancelled your call out must be paid in advance.
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    I see no problem whatsoever. Debtors shouldn't avoid paying their accounts to the point where a final demand is received in any event.

    Credit is not something to be abused. If you don't have that clause you simply have a debtor who doesn't pay you until something goes wrong. As soon as there is a fault then he pays his account and comes running for the warranty.

    I think your clause is a good one and completely ethical. What's not ethical is debtors not paying their accounts!
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    Hi Ian,

    For sure i would be the same... however we do play fair as well i think... Before the final demand is issued, i do say, refer to our terms as you will forfeit warranty with the final demand. So i dont point it out up front, but do point it out before it occurs... otherwise i would also
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    I'm not convinced it's ethical, there's something about it that doesn't sit right although I can't immediately explain why.

    *Edit*

    Just some thoughts.......
    It's almost that two 'wrongs' don't make a 'right' and the withdrawal of warranty almost seems like an act of revenge as you have recourse under the law already for non-payers..

    You're also using the warranty as a carrot and stick, like a settlement discount when a warranty should actually be the customers peace of mind that he has made a quality purchase with back-up.

    Also if you're just supplying an item which was manufactured in its entirety by another company then the warranty is underwritten by the manufacturer and not yourself therefore you could be guilty of damaging the manufacturers brand and good name.
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    I'm also not convinced it's legal and if it is at the moment I doubt very much it will be when the NCA is implemented.
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    Isn't there usually something in the terms and conditions about the goods remain the property of the seller until paid in full ?

    So can't you just change the clause to read that the warranty may only be claimed by the owner of the goods ?
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    not fair

    What you're effectively saying that by ommission ,buyer stands to lose his warranty. you CHOOSE to say at a particular point when buyer is faced with this dilemma. i will never purchase from this rather shrewd (not sure how to describe) seller irrespective that it may be within the law.if you want to cancel warranty ,return late payments (just thinking of warranty purchase) also begins to sound like those gym contracts. & Garthu i know this is bothering you.do the right thing for a good sleep

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    There is a way to do it that is perfectly ethical. Look at the motor industry. Yuo buy a car, the car must be serviced every 15,000 km or you lose the warranty. We all agree to this and spend vast sums to service the car at their workshops even thought we know that we are being overcharged.

    I think its all in the wording. Lets say you install an electric fence. Build in an inspection clause. This inspection is carried out after three months has passed. The inspection can only be carried out if payment has been received in full. Then you say that failing to have the inspection done would lead to the loss of the warranty.

    It looks to me that your problem is to get money out of the customer. If it is over the counter goods, don't let them go before payment has been received in full. If it is an electric fence there is a very simple way of dealing with it. Install a cellular device like the GSM Commander in your control box. If the guy doesn't pay you simply phone up the device and disable the fence. You can also build in an alarm that squeals all the time. If he phones you simply tell him that a technician would need to go out to reconfigue the controller but you can't do so until payment is received in full. Once you've got the payment go out and repace the controller with a controller that doesn't have a GSM Commander. Again, use the 3 month inspection clause to recover the GSM controller from guys who do pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyD View Post
    I'm also not convinced it's legal and if it is at the moment I doubt very much it will be when the NCA is implemented.
    I am not sure this will fly with NCA but there are certainly some positive suggestions to ease the problem.
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    At the risk of sounding stupid, I don't understand why you'd want a forfeit clause like this in the first place. Is it just about having an added incentive in place for timeous payment, or is there some other issue you're looking to cover?
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