Selling at Car Boot Sales Trading Standards and the Law
The issue of what's legal to sell at Car Boot sales is a question we are frequently asked. He hope that this page will help anybody wishing to sell at Car Boot Sales to understand how they stand in the eyes of the law.
This information is for private individuals who wish to sell at Car Boot Sales and is not intended for Traders.
Firstly it is important to understand how the law defines 'Traders' and 'Non-Traders' at Car Boot Sales.
Ask yourself whether the goods you are selling at a car boot sale are your own personal property. If they are not and you are buying goods for the express purpose of selling them at a car boot sale for a profit you are very likely to be considered a trader under the law.
Furthermore, if you attend car boot sales on a regular basis, even if it is only once every couple of months, you may be regarded as a trader. And if you employ anyone and/or sell the same type of goods from other venues, such as markets or from home, you are almost certainly a trader in the eyes of the law.
Even if you are not a trader in the eyes of the law, if you describe goods for sale and that description turns out to be inaccurate, you are required to give a refund, replacement or a partial refund to reflect the error in your description.
Please note that the use of a sign or receipt stating 'sold as seen' does not indemnify you against giving a refund in the eyes of the law.
Selling at Car Boot sales Trading Standards
Selling ELECTRICAL GOODS at Car Boot Sales
Trading standards advise people not to buy or sell items like irons and electrical fires at car boot sales. Unless you are 100% sure of its source and the reputability of the person you are buying it from - STEER CLEAR. It is recommended that plugs are removed from items being sold at car boot sales.
Selling CLOTHING at Car Boot Sales
Trading standards reccomends not selling nightwear as it may not meet the flammability requirements that traders are required to adhere to. Also be wary of selling clothes at car boot sales that may have potential hazards - such as childrens coats and jackets with hood cords that may cause strangulation.
Selling TOYS at Car Boot Sales legal advice
If you intend to sell toys at car boot sales then always inspect them to ensure they are safe and free of sharp edges and small parts that could cause a choking hazard. Where possible toys should be should with original packaging, guidelines and instructions.
Selling FOOD at car boot sales the Law
It is illegal to sell Food stuff sold for human consumption that is not fit for purpose. You may also wish to check any local council or trading standards rulings or restrictions on selling food at car boot sales in your area. Your local environmental trading office will be able to provide all the necessary guidance and legal information.
If you intend selling food at car boot sales then check that it acceptable to do so with the car boot sale organisers. Many car boot sales do not permit the unauthorised sale of food or beverages at their events.
Car Boot Sale DANGEROUS ITEMS
The following goods are all subject to their own safety standards when sold by traders and particular caution should therefore be applied when selling them at car boot sales :
Parafin & Oil Heaters
Prams, Push Chairs and Childs Car seats.
Stolen Goods at Car Boot Sales
It's a fact that stolen goods do turn up at car boot sales from time to time. If you handle stolen goods you may well face a more severe penalty than the theif. If you have sold stolen goods at a car boot sale the buyer may legally claim back compensation from you even if you did not know the goods were stolen. Beware of accidently buying stolen goods at car boot sales.
Some of the most commonly stolen goods turning up at car boot sales are cycles and power tools.
It is also illegal to sell any of the following items at Car Boot Sales and if you are found to be doing so the items are likely to be confiscated by police or trading standards and you may face criminal charges.
Any Counterfeit Goods
Knives (Sporting or Ornamental)
Guns (Real, de-activated or replica - inc. gas, air or blank firing)
Fireworks and Explosives
In conjunction with these items we also do not allow the sale of the following items at Rusper Car Boot Sale
Tobacco or Alcohol.
Pornograpic Media or Materials
Live Animals (pets or poultry)
Fuels (Diesel & Petrol)
If you have any questions regarding goods you wish to sell then please email us.