New European consumer protection legislation coming into force from March 2003 will encourage a significant proportion of the UK's car retailers to turn their back on the sale of older vehicles, Glass's Information Services claims. EU Directive 1999/44/EC requires car retailers to be able to prove that any faults appearing on a vehicle in the first six months after it was sold were not present at the time of purchase. Dealers will be responsible for certifying the condition of the vehicle prior to sale and buyers will have the right to have defective goods repaired or replaced, or to have a price reduction.