What Does An As Is Clause Mean For You?
Many used vehicles are sold “as is.” An as-is clause is intended to prevent a car dealership from getting sued if a purchaser finds a problem or defect with a vehicle that was not disclosed prior to purchase. While car dealerships think that an as is clause means that they are not liable for a vehicle no matter what condition it was sold in, that is simply not true. There are many types of claims that can be brought even when there is an as is clause.
Attorney Christina Gill Roseman at Roseman Law Firm, PLLC, is an aggressive advocate for buyers and has challenged as is clauses and other related auto dealer or seller fraud-related matters numerous times throughout her years of practice.
As Is Clauses Vary From State To State
Whether an as is clause applies to your purchase depends on the state in which the purchase was made. As is clauses do not exist in West Virginia, while in Pennsylvania, there has to be specific language in the sales contract or the clause is not binding. Consulting with an attorney such as Ms. Roseman, who has extensive knowledge of the laws in several states, can help you understand your rights and options.
You Still Have Options
Even if an as is clause applies in your situation, it does not mean that you have no options for seeking a claim against a seller if you have discovered issues with a vehicle after the sale. Attorney Christina Gill Roseman is highly skilled at analyzing contracts with a detail-oriented eye to ensure that the use of the as is clause is consistent with the legal requirements of the state where the car was purchased. If not, the clause is invalid. Also, a dealership is still liable for fraudulent or deceptive trade practices, even with a valid and enforceable as is clause.
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