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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2 Lawyer Answers

Trent Harris

  • 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.

Timur Akpinar agrees with this answer

Adam Alexander

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

A: The Federal Trade Commission has some good advice about buying a used car here:

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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