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:
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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 (http://www.ohiolemonlaw.com/ocll-site/ocll-locate_local.shtml) 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, NACA.net). 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, www.BurdgeLaw.com
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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.