I bought a used as is car last night. The dealer is at a reputable dealership and said the vehicle was in great condition and passed all the inspections. He did not say anything was wrong with the car. As soon as I got home I noticed the brakes were locked and rubbing the discs, causing extreme heat. Then the engine shuts off with a sign that reads pull over safely. These are issues the inspection should have covered and I should have been made aware of these problems.
It doesn't sound like the Lemon Law applies, as that only applies to new vehicles under warranty. Further, you can't pursue a breach of warranty action becuase you purchased the vehicle "as is." You might have a claim for fraud concerning the "passed all the inspections" statement if it's demonstrably false (the "great condition" statement is what is called puffery and is not grounds for a lawsuit). It's going to depend on the particulars of the exact statement and the terms of the purchase agreement. I would suggest you contact a consumer rights attorney in your area for a consultion.
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