Fight for your rights: Not feeling flush after B&Q trip

19 June 2020

Moneywise columnist Hannah Nemeth helps a reader get a refund from B&Q

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When you buy an item with a 12-month guarantee, you do expect it to be repaired or replaced if it is faulty.

But MS wrote to Fight for Your Rights to complain that B&Q had refused to replace a spare part for a faulty toilet that his daughter had only recently bought.

He says: “My daughter bought a bathroom suite from B&Q but two months after it was fitted the toilet would no longer flush.

“When she went back to her local B&Q store, the manager said it was ‘wear and tear’ and refused to replace the faulty part for free, even though it was only fitted around a month earlier.

“She had to spend £25 on a new flush system. Surely it should have a 12-month warranty?”

MS was right, so I got on to B&Q’s head office to ask for a refund of £25, plus the £20 cost of a plumber to replace it. The retailer were happy to offer a full refund for the replacement part, plus a £50 giftcard as a goodwill gesture.  

MS also benefited from helping out his daughter. She used some of her giftcard to treat him to a new set of drill bits.   

OUTCOME: £25 refund, plus £50 B&Q giftcard

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