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Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby megaman » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:44 am

I am vaguely familiar with how offer, acceptance and counter offers work from my law degree days.

all 3 are considered to be "done" when the communication arrives.
except for the postal rule of acceptance.

What happens if a conditional acceptance is made?
for example

A offers to sell B a car
B says "i will have it as soon as you prove it has a valid MOT"
A then sends B a copy of the MOT.

Is a contract made as soon as A sends the MOT?
is a contract made as soon as B receives the MOT?
Does B have to make a final confirmation before a contract is made?
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Re: Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby Hairyloon » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:58 am

I would suggest that the contract is made at the point of the agreement, but if the conditional is not met, then there can be no breach.
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Re: Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby diy » Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:05 am

The contract is made when they agree the sale subject to the MOT. Bs obligation to buy is not triggered until A sends proof of MOT. If A can prove posting, its all good to go. Without timescales being specified, its all down to what might be seen as reasonable.
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Re: Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby tph » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:01 pm

I thought they did away with MOT certificates and that you can check the status of a vehicle online.
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Re: Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby tph » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:22 pm

* The piece of paper they give you when you have a car tested is a receipt of testing. It is not a certificate and does not constitute a proof of MOT.

Proof of MOT can be checked on the database;

https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status
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Re: Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby megaman » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:09 pm

Could party B withdraw before party A provides the MOT
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Re: Conditional acceptance of an offer

Postby atticus » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:02 pm

That would depend on the terms of the contract, meg.
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