Terms & Conditions

The customer's attention is drawn in particular to the provisions of clause 8.

1.          Interpretation

1.1             Definitions:

Affected Party: has the meaning given to it in clause 10.2.

Business Day: a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday in England, when banks in London are open for business.

Conditions: the terms and conditions set out in this document as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 11.3.

Contract: the contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the sale and purchase of the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.

Customer: the person or firm who purchases the Goods from the Supplier.

Delivery Location: will be dependent on the nature of the Goods, as contained in clause 4.2.

Force Majeure Event: has the meaning given to it in clause 10.1.

Goods: the goods (or any part of them) including Vehicles and Parts.

Order: the Customer's order for the Goods, as set out overleaf.

Parts: any part or parts detailed within the Specification agreed between the Customer and the Supplier.

Sales Order: the document sent to the Customer once the Specification has been agreed in writing by the Supplier and the Customer.

Specification: the ‘Proposal & Quotation’ document created for the Vehicles, by the Supplier in accordance with the requests from the Customer.

Supplier: Sterling GP Limited (registered in England and Wales with company number 08582888). OR Sterling GP Holdings ltd (registered in England and Wales with company number 11897637 OR Hymix (Stokesley) Ltd (registered in England and Wales with company number 12336086 ). OR AA+L James partnership (registered address Hilton Road, Seamer, TS9 5LX ).

Vehicles: any vehicle or vehicles detailed within the Specification agreed between the Customer and the Supplier.

1.2             Interpretation

(a)          A person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality).

(b)          A reference to a party includes its successors and permitted assigns.

(c)          A reference to legislation or a legislative provision is a reference to it as amended or re-enacted. A reference to legislation or a legislative provision includes all subordinate legislation made under that legislation or legislative provision.

(d)          Any words following the terms including, include, in particular, for example or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words, description, definition, phrase or term preceding those terms.

(e)          A reference to writing or written includes fax and email.

2.          Basis of contract

2.1             These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by law, trade custom, practice or course of dealing.

2.2             The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase the Goods in accordance with these Conditions. The Customer is responsible for ensuring that the terms of the Specification are complete and accurate before making any such Order.

2.3             The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted when the Supplier issues a Sales Order to the Customer, at which point the Contract shall come into existence.

2.4             A quotation for the Goods given by the Supplier within the Specification shall not constitute an offer. A quotation shall only be valid for a period of 30 Business Days from its date of issue.

3.          Goods

3.1             The Goods are described in the Supplier's Specification.

3.2             To the extent that the Goods are to be manufactured in accordance with a Specification agreed by the Customer, the Customer shall indemnify the Supplier against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other reasonable professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by the Supplier in connection with any claim made against the Supplier for actual or alleged infringement of a third party's intellectual property rights arising out of or in connection with the Supplier's use of the Specification. This clause 3.2 shall survive termination of the Contract.

3.3             The Supplier reserves the right to amend the Specification if required by any applicable statutory or regulatory requirement, and the Supplier shall notify the Customer in any such event.

4.          Delivery

4.1             The Supplier shall ensure:

(a)          that each delivery of Parts is accompanied by a delivery note that shows the date of the Order, the type and quantity of the Parts (including the code number of the Parts, where applicable), special storage instructions (if any) and, if the Parts are being delivered by instalments, the outstanding balance of Parts remaining to be delivered; and

(b)          that each delivery of Goods is accompanied by a vehicle release note that shows the date of the Order, the make and model of the Vehicle (including the registration number) and the checks that have been completed.

4.2             The Supplier may deliver Orders for Parts by instalments. The Customer shall not be entitled to reject an Order delivered in instalments, but a pro rata adjustment shall be made to the Order invoice and shall be paid for monthly.

4.3             The Customer shall:

(a)          where the Goods are Parts, accept delivery of the Goods at the location given by the Customer; and

(b)          where the Goods are Vehicles, collect the Goods from the Supplier's premises or such other location as may be advised by the Supplier prior to delivery within 5 Business Days of the Supplier notifying the Customer that the Goods are ready.

(the Delivery Location).

4.4             Delivery is completed on the completion of loading or unloading of the Goods at the Delivery Location.

4.5             Any dates quoted for delivery are approximate only, and the time of delivery is not of the essence. The Supplier shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of the Goods that is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Customer’s failure to provide the Supplier with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods or the Customer’s failure to comply with its obligations under this agreement.

4.6             Delays in the delivery of an Order shall not entitled the Customer to:

(a)          refuse to take delivery of the Order; or

(b)          claim damages; or

(c)          terminate this agreement.

4.7             If the Supplier fails to deliver the Goods, its liability shall be limited to the costs and expenses incurred by the Customer in obtaining replacement goods of similar description and quality in the cheapest market available, less the price of the Goods. The Supplier shall have no liability for any failure to deliver the Goods to the extent that such failure is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Customer’s failure to provide the Supplier with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods.

4.8             If the Customer fails to take delivery of the Goods within 5 Business Days of the Supplier notifying the Customer that the Goods are ready, then, except where such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Supplier's failure to comply with its obligations under the Contract in respect of the Goods:

(a)          delivery of the Goods shall be deemed to have been completed at 17:00 pm on the seventh Business Day after the day on which the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready; and

(b)          the Supplier shall store the Goods until delivery takes place, and charge the Customer for all related costs and expenses (including insurance).

4.9             If 5 Business Days after the day on which the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready for delivery the Customer has not accepted actual delivery of them, the Supplier may resell or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Goods and, after deducting reasonable storage and selling costs, charge the Customer for any shortfall below the price of the Goods.

5.          Quality

5.1             The Supplier warrants that on delivery, and for a period of 12 months from the date of delivery (warranty period), the Goods shall:

(a)          conform with the Specification;

(b)          be free from material defects in design, material and workmanship;

(c)          be of satisfactory quality (within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979); and

(d)          be fit for any purpose held out by the Supplier.

5.2             Subject to clause 5.3, if:

(a)          the Customer gives notice in writing to the Supplier during the warranty period within a reasonable time of discovery that some or all of the Goods do not comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1;

(b)          the Supplier is given a reasonable opportunity of examining such Goods; and

(c)          the Customer (if asked to do so by the Supplier) returns such Goods to the Supplier place of business at the Customer’s cost,

the Supplier shall, at its sole discretion, repair or replace the defective Goods, or refund the price of the defective Goods in full.

5.3             the Supplier shall not be liable for the Goods' failure to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1:

(a)          the Customer makes any further use of such Goods after giving notice in accordance with clause 5.2;

(b)          the defect arises because the Customer failed to follow the Supplier's oral or written instructions as to the storage, commissioning, installation, use and maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice regarding the same;

(c)          the defect arises as a result of the Supplier following any Specification supplied by the Customer;

(d)          the Customer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of the Supplier;

(e)          the defect arises as a result of fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, or abnormal storage or working conditions; or

(f)           the Goods differ from the Specification as a result of changes made to ensure they comply with applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.

5.4             Except as provided in this clause 5, the Supplier shall have no liability to the Customer in respect of the Goods' failure to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1.

5.5             The terms implied by sections 13 to 15 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.

5.6             These Conditions shall apply to any repaired or replacement Goods supplied by the Supplier.

6.          Title and risk

6.1             The risk in the Goods shall pass to the Customer on completion of delivery.

6.2             Title to the Goods shall not pass to the Customer until the Supplier receives payment in full (in cash or cleared funds) for the Goods and any other goods that the Supplier has supplied to the Customer, in which case title to the Goods shall pass at the time of payment of all such sums.

6.3             Until title to the Goods has passed to the Customer, the Customer shall:

(a)          store the Goods separately from all other goods held by the Customer so that they remain readily identifiable as the Supplier's property;

(b)          not remove, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;

(c)          maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price from the date of delivery;

(d)          notify the Supplier immediately if it becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 9.1(b) to clause 9.1(d); and

(e)          give the Supplier such information as the Supplier may reasonably require from time to time relating to:

(i)           the Goods; and

(ii)         the ongoing financial position of the Customer.

6.4             At any time before title to the Goods passes to the Customer, the Supplier may require the Customer to deliver up all Goods in its possession that have not been irrevocably incorporated into another product and if the Customer fails to do so promptly, enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Goods are stored in order to recover them.

7.          Price and payment

7.1             The price of the Goods shall be the price set out in the Order, or, if no price is quoted, the price set out in the Supplier’s published price list in force as at the date of delivery.

7.2             The Supplier may, by giving notice to the Customer at any time before delivery, increase the price of the Goods to reflect any increase in the cost of the Goods that is due to:

(a)          any factor beyond the Supplier’s control (including foreign exchange fluctuations, increases in taxes and duties, and increases in labour, materials and other manufacturing costs);

(b)          any request by the Customer to change the delivery date(s), quantities or types of Goods ordered, or the Specification; or

(c)          any delay caused by any instructions of the Customer or failure of the Customer to give the Supplier adequate or accurate information or instructions.

7.3             The price of the Goods excludes amounts in respect of value added tax (VAT), which the Customer shall additionally be liable to pay to the Supplier at the prevailing rate, subject to the receipt of a valid VAT invoice.

7.4             Any outstanding payment for the Goods must be made in advance of delivery to the bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier.

7.5             The Customer shall pay each invoice submitted by the Supplier:

(a)          within 30 days of the date of the invoice or in accordance with any credit terms agreed by the Supplier and confirmed in writing to the Customer; and

(b)          in full and in cleared funds to a bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier, and

(c)          time for payment shall be of the essence of the Contract.

7.6             If the Customer fails to make a payment due to the Supplier under the Contract by the due date, then, without limiting the Supplier’s remedies under clause 9, the Customer shall pay interest on the overdue sum from the due date until payment of the overdue sum, whether before or after judgment. Interest under this clause 7.6 will accrue each day at 8% a year above the Bank of England's base rate from time to time, but at 8% a year for any period when that base rate is below 0%.

7.7             All amounts due under the Contract shall be paid in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (other than any deduction or withholding of tax as required by law).

8.          LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

8.1             The Supplier has obtained insurance cover in respect of its own legal liability for individual claims not exceeding £10,000,000 per claim. The limits and exclusions in this clause reflect the insurance cover the Supplier has been able to arrange and the Customer is responsible for making its own arrangements for the insurance of any excess loss.

8.2             The restrictions on liability in this clause 8 apply to every liability arising under or in connection with the Contract including liability in contract, tort (including negligence), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise.

8.3             Nothing in in the Contract limits any liability which cannot legally be limited, including liability for:

(a)          death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors (as applicable);

(b)          fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;

(c)          breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979; or

(d)          defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

8.4             Subject to clause 8.3, the Supplier's total liability to the Customer shall not exceed 100% of the price of the Goods in each case.

8.5             Subject to clause 8.3, the following types of loss are wholly excluded:

(a)          loss of profits;

(b)          loss of sales or business;

(c)          loss of agreements or contracts;

(d)          loss of anticipated savings;

(e)          loss of use or corruption of software, data or information;

(f)           loss of or damage to goodwill; and

(g)          indirect or consequential loss.

8.6             This clause 8 shall survive termination of the Contract.

9.          Termination

9.1             Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate this Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer if:

(a)          the Customer commits a material breach of any term of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 7 days of that party being notified in writing to do so;

(b)          the Customer takes any step or action in connection with its entering administration, provisional liquidation or any composition or arrangement with its creditors (other than in relation to a solvent restructuring), obtaining a moratorium, being wound up (whether voluntarily or by order of the court, unless for the purpose of a solvent restructuring), having a receiver appointed to any of its assets or ceasing to carry on business;

(c)          the Customer suspends, threatens to suspend, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or a substantial part of its business; or

(d)          the Customer’s financial position deteriorates so far as to reasonably justify the opinion that its ability to give effect to the terms of the Contract is in jeopardy.

9.2             Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may suspend provision of the Goods under the Contract or any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier if the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 9.1(b) to clause 9.1(d).  

9.3             Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer if the Customer fails to pay any amount due under the Contract on the due date for payment.

9.4            On termination of the Contract for any reason the Customer shall immediately pay to the Supplier all of the Supplier’s outstanding unpaid invoices and interest and, in respect of Goods supplied but for which no invoice has been submitted, the Supplier shall submit an invoice, which shall be payable by the Customer immediately on receipt.

9.5             Termination of the Contract, however arising, shall not affect any of the parties' rights and remedies that have accrued as at termination, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the Contract which existed at or before the date of termination.

9.6            Any provision of the Contract that expressly or by implication is intended to come into or continue in force on or after termination of the Contract shall remain in full force and effect.

10.          Force majeure

10.1             Force Majeure Event means any circumstance not within a party's reasonable control including, without limitation:

(a)          acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disaster;

(b)          terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots, war, threat of or preparation for war, armed conflict, imposition of sanctions, embargo, or breaking off of diplomatic relations;

(c)          collapse of buildings, fire, explosion or accident;

(d)          epidemic or pandemic;

(e)          any law or any action taken by a government or public authority, including without limitation imposing an export or import restriction, quota or prohibition, or failing to grant a necessary licence or consent;

(f)           non-performance by suppliers or subcontractors; and

(g)          interruption or failure of utility service.

Paragraphs 10.1(d) to 10.1(g) (inclusive) are to be interpreted to include Covid-19, as well as any new strain, variation, mutation or name of Covid-19.

10.2             Provided it has complied with clause 10.3, if a party is prevented, hindered or delayed in or from performing any of its obligations under this agreement by a Force Majeure Event (Affected Party), the Affected Party shall not be in breach of this agreement or otherwise liable for any such failure or delay in the performance of such obligations. The time for performance of such obligations shall be extended accordingly.

10.3             The corresponding obligations of the other party will be suspended, and its time for performance of such obligations extended, to the same extent as those of the Affected Party.

10.4             The Affected Party shall:

(a)          as soon as reasonably practicable after the start of the Force Majeure Event but no later than 90 days from its start, notify the other party in writing of the Force Majeure Event, the date on which it started, its likely or potential duration, and the effect of the Force Majeure Event on its ability to perform any of its obligations under the agreement; and

(b)          use all reasonable endeavours to mitigate the effect of the Force Majeure Event on the performance of its obligations.

10.5             If the Force Majeure Event prevents, hinders or delays the Affected Party's performance of its obligations for a continuous period of more than 6 months, the party not affected by the Force Majeure Event may terminate this agreement by giving 7 days’ written notice to the Affected Party.

 

11.          General

11.1             Assignment and other dealings.

(a)          the Supplier may at any time assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract, delegate, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract.

(b)          The Customer may not assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract, delegate, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of the Supplier.

11.2             Entire agreement.

(a)          The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

(b)          Each party agrees that it shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in the Contract. Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation based on any statement in the Contract.

11.3             Variation. No variation of this Contract shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).

11.4             Waiver. No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under the Contract or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

11.5             Severance. If any provision or part-provision of the Contract is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed deleted, but that shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the Contract. If any provision of the Contract is deemed deleted under this clause 11.5 the parties shall negotiate in good faith to agree a replacement provision that, to the greatest extent possible, achieves the intended commercial result of the original provision.

11.6             Notices.

(a)          Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with the Contract shall be in writing and shall be:

(i)           delivered by hand or by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service at its registered office (if a company) or its principal place of business (in any other case); or

(ii)         sent by fax to its main fax number or sent by email to the address specified in Sales Order.

(b)          Any notice or communication shall be deemed to have been received

(i)           if delivered by hand, at the time the notice is left at the proper address;

(ii)         if sent by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service, at 17:00 pm on the one Business Day after posting; and

(iii)        if sent by fax or email, at the time of transmission, or, if this time falls outside business hours in the place of receipt, when business hours resume. In this clause 11.6(b)(iii), business hours means 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday on a day that is not a public holiday in the place of receipt.

(c)          This clause does not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action or, where applicable, any arbitration or other method of dispute resolution.

11.7             Third party rights.

(a)          Unless it expressly states otherwise, the Contract does not give rise to any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of the Contract.

(b)          The rights of the parties to rescind or vary the Contract are not subject to the consent of any other person.

11.8             Governing law.The Contract, and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

11.9             Jurisdiction. Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Contract or its subject matter or formation.

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