Riverview, FL asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for Florida

Q: We bought a used car, and the brakes failed while driving home, causing an accident. What is the dealer responsibility?

Nobody was hurt in the accident. ABout 3K damage was done to the car. The brakes failed. A police report was written documenting that fact. The dealer doesn't want to take responsibility for anything and expects the buy to pay for all repairs caused by the accident. Also, the dealer refuses to issue a refund.

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Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: That cannot be answered without analyzing all of the facts of the situation, including a review of the purchase contract. If you bought the car "AS IS", that would be a strike against you, but in limited circumstances, that can be dealer liability even with that kind of contract. Seek a consultation with a consumer law attorney in your area.

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