Roscommon, MI asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Michigan

Q: Can a used car lot deny a potential buyer the right to have a vehicle inspected by an independent party?

Interested in a particular vehicle at a used car lot but was told I will not be allowed to take the vehicle to another mechanic's location to have the mechanic inspect the vehicle. I need to know if this is legal in Michigan or not.

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Trent Harris

Answered
  • Jackson, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: It may not be illegal, but it should be a red flag to any buyer. Take your business elsewhere.

As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on any information you get from internet discussion boards, such as this one.

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Adam Alexander

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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Southfield, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: The Federal Trade Commission has some good advice about buying a used car here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0055-buying-used-car

The seller is NOT required to allow an inspection. While I woudn't personally purchase a used vehicle without a prior inspection, there may be some compelling reasons for denying the inspection, (liability, inconvenience), particularly if the vehicle is below the $5,000 price point.

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