Hichens v General Guarantee Corporation Ltd: CA 20 Feb 2001

The customer signed a hire-purchase contract and obtained confirmation of the leasing company’s agreement by telephone. She took delivery of the car, and sold it on immediately, and before the contract was signed by the finance company six days later. It was held that the company had completed the contract in the telephone call, and the signing was by way of confirmation. This was so particularly where the contract did not provide that it could only be created on the signing.


Peter Gibson, Mummery, Rix LJJ


Times 13-Mar-2001, [2001] EWCA Civ 359




Hire Purchase Act 1964 24


England and Wales

Consumer, Contract

Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.81398