What does "as is" mean?

Don't buy a car "as is". It means the dealer doesn't trust the car, and you shouldn't trust it either. Unfortunately, "as is" does mean just that, "as is."

It means that the entire risk as to the quality and performance is with the buyer. For a dealer to disclaim all warranties, he must conspicuously disclose that fact in a writing attached directly to the goods. But as is does not disclaim fraud, and if the consumer was lied to, mislead, or not told of a material defect, the as is disclaimer does not shield the dealer.

State and Federal law require that every used car offered for sale have a "Buyers Guide" in the window. This guide tells you whether the car comes with a warranty, and what the terms of that warranty are. Typical is 30 days and 1,000 miles, though they vary.

Vehicles sold "as is" or subject to a Service Contract may fall within the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. The Act says that when a consumer buys a product, or pays for services, they should not be lied to. The Consumer Legal Remedies Act was intended by the to give consumers a remedy when a dealer does not tell the truth, or breaks the law to make the sale. The law in this area is complex, with specific steps the consumer must take to protect his or her rights. You should consult a lawyer to find out how to protect your rights.


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General Information Only

The information in the San Diego Lemon Law Center pages is for general information only and is not intended to be taken as legal advice. If you have a specific legal question or problem, please feel free to contact us or you should promptly consult with an Attorney handling such matters in your area for advice.