Is it illegal for a used car dealer to sell you a car with no airbags, bad wheels, bad oil, & bad brakes?

Asked over 2 years ago - Miami, FL

& they would tell you the car is in perfect conditions. I found out 2 weeks ago my car was in an accident in the dealer place didnt tell me anything about it. They kept on saying that the car was in perfect conditions. The airbag sign would pop out and they woiuld tell me that was normal. Wahat can i do. I just found out my car has major problems even on the transmission and ive only had it for 3 months .

Additional information

When i bought the car they told me the wheels were new the oil was changed. It ended up being all B.S. . A week after i had to change the oil it was really bad a week after that i had to change the brakes of the car it was bad as well it was making noise. & 2 weeks ago i went to tampa and my wheels popped they were terrible they were in really bad conditioins by the inside and out i took pictures of it and everything. AFter that happened my car was like a christmas tree all the lights on the monitor where on . When i got back to Miami i was on the highway and i started noticing my car wouldnt go higher then 40 and it would change gears on 5 or 6 when it is suppose to do it on 3.

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Zonald Evan Spinks

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No it's not illegal. Typically all used cars are sold "as-is." You should have received a Buyers Guide when you purchased the vehicle. Oral statements about the car or condition of the vehicle as very difficult to enforce in a court of law. If you have anything in writing about the condition of the car or repairs promised, you can get whatever is in writing enforced.

    Without something in writing or a warranty, there is not much protection provided by law. It's buyer beware in Florida, especially with used vehicle purchases. I always advise my clients to get a pre-purchase inspection on all used automobiles regardless of the age of the vehicle. If the seller does not agree to an independent inspection, then you do NOT want to purchase the vehicle no matter how bad you want it.

    I recommend you read this article provided by the Florida Attorney General:

    Good luck!

    Zonald Spinks, Esq. Phone: (813) 413-5352 Fax: (813) 658-5893 Twitter: @ZonaldLaw Skype: Zonaldlaw... more
  2. Ronald Lee Burdge

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . While I generally agree with attorney Spinks here, used car dealers are notorious for failing to follow the law in their paperwork and a mistake there might give you more legal rights than you know. Also every state has a Udap law that makes it illegal for a business to do anything that is deceptive to a consumer, and sometimes anything that is unfair too. But the law is certainly different in each state and your best bet is to talk with a car sales fraud or Consume Law attorney near you who knows your state's laws on car sales very well. There are several in the Miami area. You need to talk to a local Consumer Law attorney who deals with this kind of case (it's also called "autofraud" or car sales fraud). You can go to this web site page for a Free Online 50 State National List of Consumer Law Lawyers ( and find one near you (lawyers don’t pay to get listed here and most of them are members of the only national association for Consumer Law lawyers, You can also look for one here on Avvo under the Find a Lawyer tab. Or you can call your local attorney's Bar Association and ask for a referral to a Consumer Law attorney near you. But act quickly because for every legal right you have, there is only a limited amount of time to actually file a lawsuit in court or your rights expire (it's called the statute of limitations), so don't waste your time getting to a Consumer Law attorney and finding out what your rights are. If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote UP” review below. And be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for asking and Good Luck. Ron Burdge,

    Did a business treat you unfairly? See what your Udap rights are to protect yourself, click here

    For a Free Online 50 State National List of Consumer Law Lawyers, click here

    Click here to see what your state law says is unfair and deceptive and what your legal rights are

    Learn the tricks of car sales fraud so you don’t get ripped off, Click Here

    Read this free online Avvo Legal Guide, What is Fraud?

    This answer is for general purposes only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. The law in your... more
  3. Scott Richard Kaufman

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Assuming argue do that atty Spinks correct on FL law I think he may have missed fed law on airbags? I'm fairly certain they must work. Additionally if you were lied to about the vehicle condition or were sold a prior undisclosed significant wreck, you likely have a claim under the FL udap law. Try Dana Manner in Miami for a consultation.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

27,194 answers this week

2,971 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

27,194 answers this week

2,971 attorneys answering