As a consumer you are entitled to a two-year legal guarantee for which the responsibility rests with the seller. But sometimes a trader may offer an extra commercial warranty against payment. Are these commercial warranties worth the money? ECC-Net examined these commercial warranties down to the last detail.
Purchasing a car, whether it is new or second-hand, can be one of the biggest, and sometimes stressful, financial decisions consumers make. EU consumers often look to other Member States to find a particular model, for better value for money, or simply for more choice, however it can be a complicated journey. In an effort to provide a comprehensive set of answers, in 2015 29 ECCs, coordinated by ECC France, carried out an extensive study into the hurdles faced by consumers when buying a car across borders.
Purchasing a car, whether it is new or second-hand, can be one of the biggest, and sometimes stressful, financial decisions consumers make. EU consumers often look to other Member States to find a particular model, for better value for money, or simply for more choice, however it can be a complicated journey. The ECC-Net formulates recommendations.
Purchasing a car, whether it is new or second-hand, can be one of the biggest, and sometimes stressful, financial decisions consumers make. EU consumers often look to other Member States to find a particular model, for better value for money, or simply for more choice, however it can be a complicated journey. ECC-Net summarized its extensive study with practical advice.
Have you been tempted by a cheaper online offer from another EU country but wondering how reliable it is to shop from abroad? ECC-Net mystery shoppers have checked just that. The report (State of the e-Union) shows the results of actual purchases in 28 countries.
The ECC-Net researched in 2016 the difference between the initial and final price when booking holidays online. In a majority of such cases price increase is linked to management fees, credit card fees and fees for check-in. Very few consumers complain if the final price not correspond to the indicated price. ECC-Net bundled the results in a report, a summary and a checklist for consumers.
How does counterfeit impact online consumer rights? What are the risks of buying counterfeit on the Internet and which tips should consumers in Europe adopt to avoid unpleasant surprises by purchasing these products? With its report ECC-Net wants to empower all parties, from traders to authorities but especially consumers who shop online.
This report is the outcome of the ECC-Net Joint Project on timeshare and related products such as Holiday Clubs. European Directive 2008/122/EC has established higher protection regarding these types of contracts. ECC-Net evaluates the changes in the timeshare market.
ECC-Net regularly hears from unhappy consumers who feel they have been trapped by hard-sell techniques into a long-term contract for holiday accommodations that they do not really need. ECC-Net lists 10 tips to avoid timeshare traps.
This brochure provides all the necessary information on how to transfer money securely to another member state. You will also find information on how to pay for purchases from another member state or when making purchases remotely, for example, on the Internet.
How do you recognize and avoid fraud? The best way to avoid being swindled is to learn to recognize and steer clear of deception. Using specific examples the ECC aims to show you how professional swindlers operate and what to do if you became a victim. This brochure offers tips and tricks to avoid pitfalls.
In Europe, 3.5 million consumers are estimated to have been affected by subscription traps over the past three years. These slides summarize the results of a study commissioned by ECC Sweden and the Swedish Consumer Agency.
Do you have a question or problem in a cross-border context? Is your question in relation to a trader or service provider based in another European Member State? Or, do you have a question about European legislation ?
ECC Belgium is only competent for consumer issues in Europe. For consumer issues in Belgium, you can turn to a consumer organization such as Test-Achats (FR or NL) or a body for alternative dispute resolution.
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You have exhausted all options to resolve the dispute yourself. Sometimes, an amicable solution through mediation is just not feasible. In that case, you could consider initiating legal proceedings. Did the trader go bankrupt or into liquidation? Click here.
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