Get Answers: Used Car Warranties

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If you plan to buy a used car and you're not sure what, if any warranties come with it, then 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet has your answer, as she breaks down used car warranties in this week's Get Answers.

Majority dealers offer full or partial warranties and the Federal Trade Commission's Used Car Rule requires dealers to post a Buyers' Guide in every car they sell.

The guide tells you what kind of warranty is offered with the vehicle, what percentage of repair costs the dealer will cover and the major mechanical and electrical systems on the car.

The FTC suggests keeping the guide even after you buy the car.

There are a couple of warranties that could be offered with your new, used car.

If the box on the Buyers' Guide is checked "As Is" there isn't a warranty with the car, but some warranties are included automatically.

Implied Warranties, or a Warranty of Merchantability, means the seller promises the car will work the way it should. They cover basic functions but not everything that could go wrong.

A Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose can be used when you buy a car based on a seller's suggestion that it can be used for a particular purpose, like pulling a trailer.

Before you drive you purchase off  the lot, you can ask an independent mechanic to check out the car.

Make sure you ask your car dealer if your used car still has a factory warranty, and don't settle for verbal warranties or promises from the seller. Make sure everything is in writing.

If you have an issue that you think is covered under warranty, first contact your dealer or car manufacturer. If that doesn't help contact the Better Business Bureau.

Submit your question on our website through the Get Answers link under the Features tab. We could feature your question on Eyewitness News.

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