Indiana Lemon Law Questions & Answers

Q: What am I legally allowed to know about a car purchased in a private sale?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Indiana on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
You can know everything there is to know about the car. What I think you mean to ask is if there are any necessary disclosures that the seller must make and that answer is none. A seller can sell a car 'as is' and make no representations or warranties about the state of the vehicle.

As a rule of thumb, if you are purchasing a vehicle from an individual or any seller really, get everything in writing, get any representations or warranties in writing, have your own mechanic inspect the...

Q: I sold a car on Craigslist, now the buyer says the transmission is bad, am I at risk of having to ray her for the repair

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Lemon Law for Indiana on
Answered on Apr 9, 2017
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
There's nothing stopping her from suing you for the cost of the transmission or for fraud. The real question is whether or not she would be successful. Unless you made any guarantees, offered her a warranty or had knowledge of a material defect, which it does not sound like you did, the odds may be low that she could bring a successful claim. Having the car inspected before selling it is a strong point in your favor, as was having her test drive it. In this case it sounds like you sold the car...

Q: I got a riding lawn mower from a friend and was not posted as an as-is said it was ready to mow it wasn't do I have a c

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Lemon Law, Small Claims and Contracts for Indiana on
Answered on Aug 11, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Yes if he said it was ready to mow. You can take him to small claims though if he is a friend might make sense to have a mower mechanic look at it and say what is wrong and give you an estimate of what it'll take to fix it.

Q: Do repair shops have to specify (used or aftermarket parts) on bill so consumer knows hes getting old parts?

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 7, 2011
Burton A. Padove's answer
I am unaware of a state statute governing the repair shop. There is currently legislation pending in Congress known as the "Damaged Vehicle Information Act”that may apply. Additioally, case law concerning fraud would apply if the repair facility passes used parts as new or aftermarket parts as a manufacturer's. If your situation involves an insurer, the insurer must give you notice of your rights to have OEM parts if the vehicle is under 5 years old.

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