We have purchased a 2007 Jeep Cherokee as is from a car dealer in our town. We paid $9245 for the vehicle. We were told the vehicle was mechanically sound, when we told them that that is a lot of money to spend on vehicle for us. Since driving it the past month that we owned it, it overheated twice on us. The first time they fixed it at their shop and we had to split the cost with them. Now it overheated for the second time while I was sitting in the car wash with it, they told me to bring it in and they will diagnose it. We went to what we thought was a reputable dealer to get a dependable vehicle!!!!
Unfortunately, Lemon Law applies in Michigan to new cars, not used ones. It appears that you purchased a car that was not cheap and relied on their indication that it was "mechanically sound" in terms of condition. I believe that if you read the contract you may find the it states you didn't rely on the items said by sales staff, and you had an opportunity to review the vehicle and are purchasing it "AS-IS" with no guarantee or warranty. There may also be a further disclaimer if you elected not to purchase the option for their warranty plan. Take your documents to a local attorney if you have questions, but most used car sales are not ones where you can seek claims from the dealer since the dealer often doesn't know, only addresses or corrects what they reasonably are aware of.
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Almost all cars sold in MI are as is, this protect dealers. If your paperwork includes a warranty or protection then you should contact a lawyer about your rights. Otherwise there is likely not a lot that can be done. Good Luck,
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