Seddon v Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Negligence – Duty to take care. The defendant executive agency of the Department of Transport had doubts which it had decided to investigate about the age or identify of a registered historic vehicle which it knew had been advertised for sale. However, no duty of care was owed by the defendant to prospective purchasers to inform the seller of its concerns. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the claimant vehicle purchaser's appeal against the decision that he could not recover financial loss of £150,000 arising from the fall in value of a vehicle no longer classified as historic.

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