Is it legal for a licensed auto dealer to sell a vehicle without catalytic converters?

I have recently purchased a vehicle from a dealer and when taken to the emissions testing site, was informed that it lacks catalytic converters as well as oxygen sensors.

Asked on November 13, 2012 under General Practice, Colorado


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can purchase vehicles from dealerships that are not roadworthy or road safe if you sign specific documentation (a disclaimer) indicating this vehicle hasn't passed emissions testing and is not road worthy. If you never signed such documentation, then you need to contact the appropriate consumer protection agency and file a complaint regarding fraud.

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