Is a used car dealership responsible if something in the car breaks right after you buy it?

I'm looking at a 2003 tahoe LT right now, has about 90,000 miles on it and it's going for a really great price. I drove it, tested pretty much everything… All accessories work, 4×4 engages and disengages smoothly BUT the ONE concern I have is the transmission. When I test drove it, the shift from 1st to 2nd is delayed at least 1 second or so… I accelerate…then expect it to shift…it doesn't…still accelerating and theeen the somewhat hard shift into 2nd finally happens…
Is the dealer responsible for anything that breaks in the vehicle up to a certain amount of days or anything? I mean, lets say I JUST drove it off the lot and down the street and the transmission blows, are they responsible? thanks!


9 Responses to Is a used car dealership responsible if something in the car breaks right after you buy it?

  1. fire4511 June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    The dealer is required to have a sticker on the window of the vehicle that tells you what, if any, warranty is being offered with the vehicle. This is normally called an FTC sticker.

    This will either list the warranty, or say that the Truck is sold AS-IS.

    The warranty will list the items covered, and the length of time or miles that they are covered.

    If you buy a vehicle as is, you have to pay for any and all needed repairs. The dealer will pay for nothing. If it breaks in half when you drive it off the lot, you own both pieces

    In either case, it is a good idea to have any vehicle that you are considering purchasing checked by your own qualified mechanic prior to purchase.

  2. kb June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    get a warranty

  3. business_card_man June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    Only if you bought warrentee.

    Seriously, if could be just a minor thing. It needs more auto transmission fluid. It takes to long to shift because it doesn't have enough fluid to make it work right.

  4. thatnewguy June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    What he said.
    Also, don't worry about the transmission, that's how it's supposed to work. Being a truck, and designed for towing, the ratio of first gear on the Tahoe is pretty low. It's meant to take more strain than the average car, so shifts will be a little jerkier.
    I have a '99 GMC Sierra 2500 and it does the same thing.

  5. Chris G June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    DO NOT BUY IT!!! it is out of manufactures warranty so you can not get extended warranty. All used cars have a buyers guide on the window saying if it has a 90 drive off warranty or not. if the car has 90,000 miles on it and it is being retailed at a dealership something is defiantly wrong with it. trust me on this

  6. brbart7289 June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    Only of its covered by a warranty. Usually there is a sticker that says either Warranty, or As Is. If its not covered you can see if they offer warranty for a price or buy one yourself from a 3rd party.

  7. Titan Boost ESC June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    Depends on the state. For example, Oregon is a non-disclosure state – meaning as soon as you sign the contract you are responsible for any and all problems on the car unless the dealer provides a warranty or you purchase one. In Washington they are a full-disclosure state, so unless specifically stated "as-is, no Warranty express or implied" by the dealer, they are obligated to help you repair the vehicle within a certain time period (in washington it is 30 days).

    BTW, Chris G. is wrong, you can buy a extended warranty on a 90k miles vehicle.

  8. Tom M June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    get a warranty…
    read what you get or you might be stuck
    don't let them tell you its not covered once you try to use it

  9. Dan W June 14, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    There should be a a Warranty Disclaimer stating it's warranty terms or "Sold AS IS". AS IS means it's your problem.