New warranty law, consumers applaud extension of warranties from 2 to 3 years

The warranty period for products increases from 2 to 3 years for products sold as of January 1, 2022, and manufacturers will have to insure spare parts for their products for 10 years, and not for 5 years, as until now. This is to improve the useful life of products, by facilitating repair. This is good news for consumers.

Extending the availability of spare parts to 10 years is in line with the European Consumer Agenda and will facilitate the ecological transition to more sustainable consumption.

More warranty, more rights

All consumer durables had, by law, a two-year warranty. In addition, manufacturers were obliged to guarantee the existence of parts for repair for at least 5 years from the date on which the product stopped being manufactured.

The new regulation extends these periods:

  • The legal warranty for products becomes 3 years.
  • The obligation to maintain the existence of repair parts and an adequate technical service is extended to 10 years from the date on which the product ceases to be manufactured.

Other deadlines that have changed is when a customer will have the right to choose between repair or replacement of the product. The non-conformity period has been extended from 3 to 5 years and the period for proving non-conformity with the purchased product has been extended from 6 months to one or two years, depending on the product.

A three-year warranty for cell phones, household appliances, televisions and other electronic products… It remains to be seen how the market reacts and whether the extension of the warranty will have an impact on product prices.

This series of measures have been incorporated into Spanish law by the transposition of the European Directive (EU) 2019/771 of 20 May 2019, following the European Consumer Agenda’s commitment to sustainability and distribution of consumption.

Some of the affected sectors have the opinion that Spain has exceeded in the transposition of the Directive, especially in reference to repair parts because it has unilaterally established this excessive period of 10 years.

In the same vein, some critical opinions consider that these modifications have been considered only one component of the legal business: the consumer. Companies are forced to assume new contracting conditions with the consequent cost that this warranty period involves: having stock, repair parts and adequate technical assistance. Thus, with these new regulations, technical assistance services are now more important than ever and must be able to keep up with the new measures. This has a direct impact on the activity of Technical Assistance Call Centers (HelpDesk), which must ensure that they provide a quality service according to the circumstances.

At MST Holding we have been experts in HelpDesk services for more than 30 years. We are a flexible company with a great capacity to adapt to the needs of our most demanding customers.

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