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Rights When Buying A Car



Maine has enacted a number of laws that deal with consumer protection when it comes to purchasing a used motor vehicle. For example, a used car must always meet the state inspection standards. Further, the inspection sticker must have been put on the vehicle within 60 days of the date of purchase. This law applies even if you are sold a car "as is." If the car violates this inspection warranty, the dealer must repair it, free of charge, so it can pass state inspection. In addition, any used car must come with a completed Used Car Information Act Window Sticker. Failure to do so can be grounds for returning the car and receiving back the purchase price.




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On 13 June 2014 The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation, and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 replaced the Distance Selling Regulations and gives you key cancellation rights when you enter into contracts at a distance.


If you're buying online from a private seller you have the same rights as if buying face-to-face from a private seller. This also applies if you're buying online from an auction site where you bid to buy from a private seller.


Know Your NeedsThe same general guidelines should apply when purchasing a new or used vehicle. The following information is provided as a guide to your rights and responsibilities in our state's used car market. To increase your chances of making the right purchase for your needs, please read our Buying a Car page for suggestions regarding general auto purchases.


In addition, it is important to remember that you always have the right to shop and compare when making any purchase, especially when buying an item as costly as a new or used vehicle. You will find the process much easier if you understand that you can shop and compare not only for your local auto dealers, but also your financing and warranty services as well.


A thorough test drive and mechanical inspection are the only ways to make sure the vehicle you are contemplating buying is in good mechanical condition. Verbal representations about the vehicle by a salesperson are not necessarily binding promises to help you with any problems that develop. Many quality dealers will stand behind vehicles they sell and will work to solve problems, but a buyer should not expect that the dealer will always solve every problem. If you buy it "as is," and it is defective, you cannot always expect the dealer to fix it.


The duration and extent of an implied warranty is conditioned on the age, mileage and price of the vehicle as well as the nature and timing of the problem. A dealer cannot waive your warranty rights without your knowledge.


Most used vehicles are offered by dealers "as is." If you explicitly negotiate and knowingly accept such an offer, you give up your implied warranty of merchantability. Nothing in any law requires you to sign a waiver of your implied warranty rights under any circumstances.


If you waive the implied warranty and the vehicle breaks down, you will be responsible for all repairs! If the vehicle breaks down one minute or one mile from the dealership, you will still be responsible for all repairs! Buying a vehicle "as is" means you are assuming all responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the vehicle! As an informed buyer, you should consider whether negotiating away your implied warranty rights is really in your best interests. Buying a car "as is," you will not have any warranty and little if any recourse against the dealer if the vehicle turns out to have substantial problems. Remember, nothing in any law requires you to sign a waiver of your implied warranty rights under any circumstances. You are not obligated a to sign implied warranty waiver


If you did not effectively or knowingly waive the implied warranty, or if the dealer made sufficient verbal promises about the vehicle's condition and what will happen if any problems arise such that an express warranty is created, you may be able to get the dealer to fix the vehicle at reduced or no charge. But verbal promises are always difficult to prove and enforce. When a dealer's salesperson or manager refuses to put important promises or representations in writing, you should consider buying elsewhere. Further, since your signature on a document is very important, you must read everything before you sign making certain that any verbal promises are included.


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Beware of advertised minimum trade-in amounts. Dealers may have already greatly raised the price of the car that you are buying to offset the value of your trade-in or lower values based on mileage or condition. Also, any debt still owed on a trade-in will be added to your new loan.


When purchasing a new vehicle, as a consumer you have certain rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The Act, which was passed by Congress in 1975, establishes requirements for entities that provide warranties, including automobile manufacturers. Under the law, the warranty must be available to you before you make the purchase.


If you buy a used car from a dealer, you are protected under consumer law. However, if you buy privately, you do not have the same rights because the person selling the car is not selling it as part of their business.


When you buy a car from a dealer, you have the same rights as when you buy any other product from a business. Read more about your rights when you buy goods, and your rights when you buy second-hand goods.


If you have a problem after you buy a car, consumer law sets out the steps a dealer has to take to resolve your issue. Remember that these rights will not apply if the issue relates to wear and tear that was pointed out to you before you bought the car.


Used Car Dealers Check with the Better Business Bureau to learn if it has received complaints against a particular dealer. Never rely solely upon oral promises of a salesman which will be difficult or impossible to enforce; ask the salesman to put it in writing. If you are considering buying a specific car, insist upon having the vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy it. Refusal to allow an independent inspection should be a clear warning, and you should consider taking your business elsewhere. Ask if the vehicle has ever been in an accident.


Private Sales You may save money by buying a used car from a private individual, such as through the classified section of your local newspaper. However, you should be aware that private sellers do not have to provide you with a Buyer's Guide, and do not provide implied warranties under state law. Therefore, it may be even more important to obtain warranty promises in writing and to obtain an independent inspection prior to purchase.


Even with proof of misleading statements, like the used car's listing, things like "it runs great" are subjective and won't hold up, even if the car broke down shortly after you purchased it. Buyers should be cautious when relying on information provided by the seller, as it may not always be accurate.


It's important to remember that you have the same rights when buying from a private seller online as you do when buying in person. This means that you should always get a Bill of Sale, and if you have any doubts about the vehicle, you should seriously consider a vehicle history check.


It is important to remember that private sellers are not bound by the same laws as dealerships when it comes to selling cars. This means that they do not have to comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA) or the Fair Trading Act (FTA). However, this does not mean that you cannot attempt to contact the seller to resolve the issue.


If you were persuaded to buy a car based on misleading statements from the seller, you may be able to get a refund or compensation under the Contract and Commercial Law Act (CCLA). If you find yourself in this situation, it is advisable to seek legal counsel to discuss your options. A lawyer can provide you with legal information and help you understand your rights.


Used car warranties are agreed between you and the dealer when you arenegotiating the sale. They are usually non-transferable. This means that youwill have to go back to the garage or car dealer you bought the car from to getrepairs done under that warranty.


A warranty or guarantee gives you extra protections but it does not replaceyourstatutory rights when goods are faulty. The seller still has a legal dutyto provide you with a repair, replacement or refund if the car turns out not tobe of satisfactory quality and durability or match what was set out in thecontract.


You have very few legal rights when you buy a car from a private seller.Consumer laws only apply to deals between a consumer (a person whobuys a good or service for personal use or consumption) and a trader(a person acting for purposes related to their trade, business or profession).It does not apply when you buy from a private individual who is not a trader(for example, someone who is selling their own car to you but who does not sellcars as a profession)


With new and used car prices at record highs and a nationwide inventory shortage, some shoppers might be tempted to rush through a deal without giving it much thought. But what happens if you later have buyer's remorse, whether it be from too high of a car payment, buying an overpriced extended warranty, or realizing your new car isn't actually what you wanted? Is it possible to cancel the deal and return your car?


So, is there anything you can do? Here's where the "maybe" comes in. Essentially, it is up to the dealer whether to unwind the deal. While business owners clearly want customers to be satisfied, canceling a car purchase is a costly headache for a car dealer. But there are times when it's the right thing to do. That's the viewpoint laid out in "Unwinding a Deal," an article in a dealership publication, F&I and Showroom, written by Marv Eleazer, finance director at Langdale Ford in Valdosta, Georgia. 041b061a72


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