Is it legal to sell a car with no brake lights because it’s a safety issue?

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Is it legal to sell a car with no brake lights because it’s a safety issue?

I bought a car and the brake and reverse lights don’t work.

Asked on February 17, 2012 under General Practice, Colorado

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you bought a new car, it is defective and you can probably return it based on that alone. If you bought a used car, there are laws available to you but check with your state about whether this would be categorized under lemon laws, minimum warranty laws or minimum safety laws concerning vehicles that are inspected and road drivable. You need to check with your department of motor vehicles and then check with your local consumer protection agency about what can be done. You should as a reminder always ask for a warranty on such vehicles and get history records on the car and have it inspected by a certified mechanic before you pay.


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