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Lemon Law for Used Cars in Arizona

Arizona's Lemon Law applies to consumers who buy used vehicles from a dealer in Arizona. The law says that dealers can sell used cars "as is," and that they don't have to fix any problems unless your contract includes a warranty or unless the problem occurs within 15 days or 500 miles of purchase.

The law covers used cars, vans, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles that aren't covered by the New Car Lemon Law, and that are sold by an Arizona dealer.

Used Car Warranty Term

According to Arizona Lemon Law, the length of the warranty is 15 days or 500 miles, unless your contract has a warranty provision.

The warranty is extended one day for each day the vehicle is out of service for repairs, and for one mile for each mile it is driven to take it in for repairs.

Used Car Warranty Coverage

Arizona's Lemon Law covers a car's major components. You are responsible for one-half of any repair costs, up to a maximum of $25. The dealer has two chances to repair the vehicle. If the vehicle isn't repaired, you are entitled to a replacement or a refund of an amount not greater than the purchase price.

Other Applicable Laws

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, Arizona'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.

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