Spain approves extending the mandatory guarantee of products from 2 to 3 years
Spain increases the guarantee of the products. Of the current two mandatory years it will go to a legal guarantee of three years. This has been approved today by the Council of Ministers, which has also agreed to increase the minimum time that manufacturers must provide at the repair level. Instead of the current five years, companies must have spare parts for at least 10 years of products that are no longer sold, which will facilitate their repair even though the product is old.
The new measure is included in a Royal Decree-Law omnibus, which will also include new rights and guarantees for users in the face of the boom in online commerce, in line with what was proposed by the European Union, which at the end of November approved the so-called ‘right to repair’.
The new regulation that extends the guarantee of the products to three years is the transposition of the European regulation and will also apply for the first time on the digital content and services, which must offer at least two years warranty. Some content that “does not cost the consumer money but is obtained in exchange for their personal data,” as described by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
The durability of a product is established as an objective criterion. When a product does not have the durability agreed in the purchase contract, the customer will have the right to choose between its repair or replacement.