When You Buy A Used Car “As Is” No Warranty, Do You Have Any Rights?
If You Purchased Your Vehicle From A Private Owner
Purchasing a used car from a private owner is risky because not only may you be buying someone else’s problem, but there are very few laws that cover the transaction. Unless a private owner lies to you, and you can prove it, you may have little recourse.
The answer to this question is maybe. Your legal rights are determined by the sales paperwork that you signed and whether or not lies or concealment’s occurred in the sales process. The sales process is not just the signing of the paperwork, but also includes any discussions you may have had with the salesperson or any dealer representative before you purchased the vehicle..
Typical questions a buyer may ask during the sales process include:
• Has this vehicle ever been in an accident or damaged?
• Is there anything wrong with this vehicle?
• What can you tell me about the history of this vehicle?
• Do you have the Carfax on this vehicle?
• Have you made any repairs to this vehicle?
• Is this the actual mileage on the vehicle?
If you later find out the dealer was not truthful or hid something important (like prior damage), you may have a fraud claim and/or other legal claims against the dealer. A car dealer has an obligation to know (knew or should have known) more about a vehicle than a private owner.
If the dealer did not properly complete the sales paperwork or post a Buyer Guide on the window, you may also have legal rights that would help you get rid of the vehicle or pay you money damages. Many small lot car dealers do not post a Buyer’s Guide on their vehicles that discloses whether or not a warranty comes with the vehicle If the dealer does not post a Buyer Guide or does not complete it properly, then you may end up with a warranty after all and you may even have the right to cancel the deal.
Be sure to consult with an experienced attorney who handles car sales and car sales fraud because there are special laws that cover car dealers.
How to protect yourself and your legal rights: If you live in Ohio or Kentucky and have a problem with a used car purchased with an “as is” warranty, contact the used car lemon law attorneys at Burdge Law Office at 888.331.6422. Burdge Law has extensive experience filing claims and lawsuits against car dealers that have sold used vehicles with an “as-is” warranty and purchase paperwork that does not conform with state used car laws. Don’t wait too long to contact an attorney with experience handling used car laws or some of your legal rights may expire.