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Buying a Used Car - Private Sales

An alternative to buying from a dealer is buying from an individual. You may see ads in newspapers, on bulletin boards, or on a car. Buying a car from a private party is very different from buying a car from a dealer.

by: Federal Trade Commission

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Buying a Used Car - Dealer Sales

When Used cars are sold through a dealer, the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Used Car Rule requires the dealer to post a Buyers Guide in every used car offerred for sale.

by: Federal Trade Commission

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Buying a Used Car - Before you Start

Before you start shopping for a car, you'll need to do some homework. Spending time now may save you serious money later.

by: Federal Trade Commission

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Repossession Law

What to do when your property is repossessed

by: Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education

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Question: Is there a current "2016" Arizona Sales tax when buying a used car from a private party
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Question: Is a dealership under any legal obligation to disclose that a vehicle's manufacturers warranty has been voided?
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Question: If I bought a car on 10/31/15 can I legally take it back? How many days do I have to take the car back to the dealer since they gave me 21 days to pay my down payment.
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Question: I made a down payment on a used vehicle,I have not taken posession of the vehicle. Can I get my down payment back?
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Question: If your vehicle is repo'd, can they keep or charge you for your belongings that were in the vehicle?
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Question: I just bought a used car private dealer but the car was sold from the mechanics used car lot. Today is the 4th day of ownership and now the engine is going out. I belive the guys mechanic knew it was going out and just wanted me to bring it back to get it fixed there. Is there anything I can do?
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Question: How can I get my car back from a person who helped me by putting it in their name and now will not give it back?
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Question: Can the lessor or car dealership make you use one of their insurance companies
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Question: what is the policy on return and refund for purchase of used car. is there a time limit or contract / bank approval that would limit me from returning and getting refund of down payment
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Question: 0ust went to the car lot purchased a car for 5700 dollars cash gave them 5300..drove home owing the remaining balance in 30 days can they repo
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Question: what about personal thing left in an automobile, how dose one find out how to get them back?
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Question: I purchased a used car from a car dealership after 5 days and less than 500 miles the transmission goes out. The dealer is saying I need to pay for all parts. I was under the assumption that he pays For the car repair
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Question: What are my rights if i put a car n my name as well as the insurance for a friend, but now he will not give the ins company his information for policy. A lien was also placed on title for my court fines so i cant transfer out of my name. I dont want ti be held responsible but he's avoiding my calls.
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Question: can you sell a car that does not pass the emission test
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Question: I put a down payment down on a car and decided I did not want it before taking possesion of the vehicle . I needed a co-signer , I signed but my co-signer did not . how do I get my downpayment back ?
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Question: bought car from private sell paid in full/cash,was given title(wrong)and i have bill of sale,seller refuses to give me correct title,and i actually put vehicle on (wrong)title in my name thinking it was the title to car i bought, what can i do?
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Question: How long does a person have to return a used car purchased in AZ? I feel I got a bad deal and want to return the car and get my money back and go elsewhere to purchase a vehicle. What are my rights?
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Question: When selling a car as a private party to another individual. Is the seller responsible for anything after sell is completed (in the case the buyer is trying to get money from me for a repair he claims is needed now) As the seller does my responsibility for the vehicle end once we competed title transfer?
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Question: MY 20 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS AN ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND HE TRICKED HER INTO SELLING HER CAR . THE CAR WAS GREATLY UNDERSOLD . CAN I GET THIS CAR BACK? IS IT TOO LATE?
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Question: Bought a used car in a private sale. One week later the engine developed problems and now I am face with replacing the engin. The seller never disclosed that there was an oil leal. Do I have recoursee?
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Question: Is it illegal in the state of AZ to sell/transfer ownership of a used vehicle that has been repaired in an accident without disclosing specifics of vehicle repair history?
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Question: when buying a used car from a private seller, do I have any recourse if not informed of major problems? Or lied to about known defects or damage.
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Question: My car was repossessed and I was only 7 days late from the due date which was on the 15th and I have a 10 day grace period, is this a legal repossession? I also had my purse in the car and was not even able to get that out what rights do I have to get my personal belongings. Please help.
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Question: What about lemon laws in AZ for used cars? My rights.
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Question: I found a car on craigslist and went to see the vehicle. The seller and I agreed on a price. I told him I would be receiving my refund check in one week and asked if I could hold the car with a $300.00 deposit. Unfortunately my refund check became offset and I will not be receiving any money. Now the seller does not want to pay me back the deposit. Is that legal?
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Question: Can dealers/private sellers of autos contract away implied warranties by "no warranties - as is" provisions in the sales document?
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Question: My question is does Arizona limit or prohibit the elimination of implied warranties in used automobile sales by dealers? Put another way, does "as is -no warranty" eliminate all implied warranties?
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Question: Does a used car dealer need to make sure a car will pass the VIN inspecton upon sellin a vehicle?
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Question: IF BUYING A CAR FROM A PRIVATE PARTY HOW IS THE TAXES APPLIED SO FOR EXAMPLE IF THE PRIVATE PARTY IS ASKING 4250.00 FOR A 97 DODGE CARAVAN, IS THE TAXES ALREADY ADDED IN OR DO I HAVE TO PAY 4250.00 PLUS TAXES AND IF SO HOW DO I PAY THE TAXES DO I PAY IT TO THE PRIVATE PARTY OR TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE WHEN I GET MY PLATES??
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Question: Are verbal contracts a legal contract? Was buying a car from a friend, car title & registration left in friends name, insurance in my name, never late on a payment, friend sold car out from under me, I had put alot of money into the car. Is there anything I can do? The law officer that came when car was taken said I could file a civel law case, is this true?
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