What are a seller’s responsibilities regarding a used car sale?

We sold a car to an individual 3 weeks ago. Yesterday she texted me and said the car was no good and never should have passed inspection, which was news to us. Now she wants her money back. What are our legal obligations? She paid $1500 for the car.

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Business Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, used car sales between private individuals are often what is called "as is" and the laws that might protect a buyer - such as state implied warranty laws or laws that would apply to a dealer - also do not apply.  I would contact your state attorney general's office to ask one simple question: does your state require that you ensure that the car you sold will pass state inspection or require you to "warrant" it in any way as a private seller. In most states the answer will be no. Good luck.

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