The 411 on Warranties for Used Cars

When you purchase used cars, it is likely that you will receive some sort of warranty on the vehicle. However, guaranteed warranties are usually only provided by certified dealerships. When it comes to private sales, you will need to insure the automobile yourself. There are a number of different types of warranties on previously owned and new vehicles alike. Let’s take a look at some of these different types. If you are in the market for an automobile, you should be sure to take note of the warranty offered to you.

As Is

When you buy a vehicle “as is,” it means that you will not receive a warranty on your purchase. Your dealer may offer to fix your purchase for you in lieu of a warranty. Be wary of these types of offers. If you decide to go through with one of these deals, make sure you get the offer to fix the vehicle in writing. Without a clear deal in writing, you may have a hard time making sure your dealer keeps his word. A number of states such as Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, and New York, to name a few, do not allow “as is” sales on used cars.

Implied Warranties

Laws at the state level hold dealers responsible if the products they sell do not meet a reasonable standard of quality. These unspoken and unwritten obligations the dealers have to their buyers are referred to as implied warranties. A dealer can oftentimes get out of their obligations by wording contracts with phrases “as is” or “with faults.” It is important to closely read any contractual agreement before you sign and purchase any vehicle.

Warranty of Merchantability

This is another type of implied warranty. The crux of this particular contract is that the seller promises the buyer that their purchase will do what it is intended to do. The promise that the automobile will run is an example of a warranty of merchantability. This guarantee applies to the basic functions of the machine. Breakdowns and other issues with the vehicle post-purchase do not prove a breach in the warranty of merchantability. A breach of this warranty only occurs if the buyer can prove that the defect existed at the time of the sale. Since any potential defects may or may not have happened post-sale, these cases are judged on a case-by-case basis.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

With used cars, you have the possibility of buying a vehicle that is still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. Ask your dealer for the automobile’s warranty documents before you purchase so you can be sure to take advantage of any unexpired warranties. If you find you still have an unexpired warranty, you should call your manufacturer and verify the information. Be sure to have your VIN number handy because you will need this information.

Purchasing used cars is great for a large portion of society, but you need to be sure you are protected. Don’t get taken advantage of; you can find out more information about warranties on the Internet or at your dealership.

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