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Old 03-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #161
Beyer Subaru
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Member#: 206860
Join Date: Mar 2009
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Find out if the car is sold "as is," or with a warranty. If you buy a car "as is," the seller has no responsibility for anything that goes wrong after the sale. Almost all private party sales are "as is."

If you're looking at a car offered by a dealer, look for the "Buyer's Guide" sticker on the car required by federal law. It will state whether the car is offered "as is" or with a warranty. A used car dealer in Maryland may only sell a car "as is" if it is more than six years old and has more than 60,000 miles. All other used cars sold by the dealer come with an implied warranty, which is like an unspoken promise that the car will function for a reasonable period of time. If it doesn't, you may be able to make the dealer pay for repairs if you can prove that the defect existed at the time of the sale.

The dealer may also offer a written warranty. The Buyer's Guide will indicate what specific parts and systems of the car are covered, what percentage of repair costs the dealer will pay, and the duration of the warranty (for example, 90 days or 3,000 miles).

A late-model used car may still have its manufacturer warranty in effect. If the seller tells you this, get the car's VIN and call the manufacturer to verify.

It will usually consist of 3 Months/3K Miles. Maybe a little more or less.
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