If I bought car “as is” but not even a week later i’m facing over $1200 in repair costs, what can I do?

I bought a car last week for $5,995 but rejected the extended warranty because it was over $2000 a year. After 5 days, warn lights came on and the dealer tells me that the repair will cost over $1200 to be fixed; airbag and horn need to be replaced. This is not something I could have seen while looking at the car but I am sure they should have noticed the problems before selling the car to me. Is there anything I can do?

Asked on July 17, 2012 under General Practice, New Jersey

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Apparently becasue you are in the state of New Jersey you may hae some relief under the law there.  There is a Used Car lemon Law but even if your situation does not fit in under that, you still may have recourse against the dealer.  If they were guilty of unlawful practices - such as lying about the car, etc., - then you may have an action against them.  Click on this link below.  Good luck.

http://www.nj.gov/lps/ca/brief/buyused.pdf


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