Unfortunately it was a debit card purchase so I don't think I'll be covered on that front.
You are protected if you pay with either a Credit or Debit Card for any purchase. Have a look here for more information.http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shoppi ... chargebackhttp://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/ ... hargeback/
The "Not Under Warranty" repair is an old tactic the more dubious Retailers can and do apply, as the forks have been sitting around gathering dust for a number of years the Warranty has no doubt run out as Magura only provide a 2 Year Warranty from new. The Retailer will have a date of sale from when the forks came into stock with them and the warranty usually runs from that date forward, now if your Retailer is trustworthy they will still honour the Warranty and have procedures in place with their Supplier/Manufacturer to still honour the Warranty based on the Retail date of the sale. Some Suppliers/Manufacturers do dismiss the Warranty claim if the product sold is over 12-24 months old, even though it's new to the end user, so it's down to the Retailer to sort it out if they don't have enough clout with their supplier. The situation your in seems to follow this line and I don't think you are going to get any leeway from Winstanley's, it may be an idea to contact the Manufacturer, explain the situation and hope that they are willing to replace the lowers F.O.C. tell them when you purchased the forks, explain that you have used the same model of fork before and you always recommend Magura to everyone you know (lay it on thick) and they may take pity on you. If this does fail then contact your Bank and ask them to do a chargeback and give them as much information as possible and don't give your Retailer an inch. The issue should be resolved it all depends on how patient you are and how many hoops your prepared to jump through.