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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, North Dakota's Lemon
Law does not cover used vehicles and an as-is transaction generally relieves the seller of any further liability regarding the condition of the vehicle after the sale is completed.
However, there are several other types of laws that can be used to help you in the event you discover that you've bought a used car lemon. First, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC
) has what's called the Used Car Rule that requires dealers to provide consumers with a Buyer's Guide with warranty and other types of information. If the dealer has in any way failed to abide by the FTC Used Car Rule, you may have the basis for a legal claim.
Second, each state has what are called Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) laws. If the dealer has, for example, made verbal promises or didn't tell you about issues relating to your used car, you may have a cause of action.
Third, North Dakota's version of the Uniform Commercial Code may provide you with relief.
Finally, the Truth in Lending
Act and the Federal Odometer Act might also be valuable in obtaining lemon justice.
You may want to file a complaint with the ND Attorney General consumer fraud division.. Often a call from the AG's office will motivate a dealer to resolve the problem mores so than a call from you alone.
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