Wake Forest, NC asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina

Q: Can I sue a dealership that sold me a used, faulty car and didn’t sign the paperwork?

I just got the car last year it’s been ongoing problems ever since. I signed the paperwork thinking they would sign after me but they left it blank.. I just noticed the blanks recently.

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Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: There is no "lemon law" for used cars in North Carolina. Most used car sales are "as is". Unless some warranties or promises were made about the car's condition, or you can prove through qualified expert testimony that the dealership knowingly and intentionally concealed defects in the car, you have no case. Car purchasers often receive partially signed copies of the purchase contract and financing agreement. The original paperwork most likely has both signatures on it.

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