If you buy a car, one amenity that could come with the car is a warranty for parts and services. A warranty is a document that makes a seller responsible for repairs if the car has any problems over a specified period of time.
Ask the person selling the car if any warranty is offered with the car. They hold the dealer or seller responsible for repairs on the car, which — if you ask our auto accident lawyers — is important. A problem-free car is usually a safer car and one that is less likely to cause a car accident.
(Also check out our car warranty checklist.)
1. Full Warranty
When a person buys a car with a full warranty, the dealer provides a warranty that completely covers the repair or replacement of any design defect in the car for the duration of the warranty.
2. As Is
When a car is sold “as is”, the buyer becomes responsible for all repairs after the sale has been finalized. The dealer will not offer any money for property damage on the car or design defects the car had at point of sale.
3. Implied Warranty
Some state laws hold dealers responsible if cars they sell do not meet reasonable quality standards.
4. Warranty of Merchantability
The seller promises the product for sale will do what it is supposed to (most importantly, that a car will actually drive and function properly). This promise applies to the basic functions of a car, not foreseeable problems.
5. Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose
This warranty applies when you buy a vehicle based on the dealer’s advice that it is suitable for a specific use.
If you have problems with your car, a good warranty will allow you to easily have an auto mechanic fix it. If you buy a car today and a design defect on your car is found a day later, your warranty will help you get it handled before a car crash.
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