Whistleblower: Buy an 'as-is car? It's all yours

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  • Updated: September 17, 2012 - 10:18 AM

Some used cars come with a state-mandated warranty, but dealers have no obligation to repair or accept the return of "as is" cars once they're sold. Experts have some advice for steering clear of clunkers.

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ekholmSep. 15, 12 9:08 PM

I am not sure who is supposed to be the "bad person" in this wistleblower story. When someone buys a car at a dealer, and it has the required paperwork on it that states the warranty status - and "AS IS - NO WARRANTY" is checked - why are they questioning if the dealer will help with problems with the car? I would think "AS IS - NO WARRANTY" would be kind of clear that the car has no type of warranty attached to it.

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mn1nativeSep. 15, 12 9:39 PM

What part of "AS IS" don't you understand????

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thehoffersSep. 15, 1210:17 PM

While it's understandable that AS IS, means just what it says. I find it hard to believe a professional car dealer is unaware of the condition of their merchandise. I don't think it's legitimate to allow AS IS to stand in for, TIME BOMB.

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rhaupertSep. 15, 1210:50 PM

You buy a 16 year-old car for under $2000 and you are surprised it blows up?

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nonewtaxesSep. 16, 12 6:58 AM

A used car is on the lot because the previous owner no longer wanted it. Ask yourself why. As is is self evident.

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longmemorySep. 16, 12 7:02 AM

Caveat Emptor - Latin for Buyer Beware. It's an ancient issue. Due diligence is the only solution.

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mnmaggiemnSep. 16, 1212:20 PM

I agree with thehoffers. There should be a slight point, for example if it was something that was forseeable, the dealer should have to put it in writing in the contract or fix the issue before sale. Overall if you buy a vehicle for 800 bucks in this state, theres something wrong with it no doubt

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food4thoughtSep. 17, 1210:36 AM

I understand as is means as is but what if the car that exploded killed someone then.. is it just buyer beware or should they be accountable for some safety guidelines?

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scottsdadSep. 22, 12 7:14 PM

The best thing a car seller can do for his business is to make things right for their customers. Maybe not giving them a new car, but do whatever the circumstances dictate. Word spreads fast that they are an honest seller and business will boom.

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