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    If you're buying a used vehicle from a licensed Connecticut dealer, you have some legal protection in the form of a warranty. Used dealers are required to cover the cars they sell with the following warranties:

    • If the vehicle is less than seven years old, and costs between $3,000 and $5,000, the dealer is required to cover it with a 30-day/1,500-mile warranty.
    • If the vehicle costs $5,000 or more, the dealer is required to sell it with a 60-day/3,000-mile warranty.
    • If the vehicle is more than seven years old, and/or costs less than $3,000, the dealer is not required to cover it with a warranty. The dealer is required, however, to print on the window sticker that the car is being sold "as is."

    If you are buying a used vehicle from a private seller, there is no required warranty protection. Once the title changes hands, the car―and any potential problems― belong to the buyer. No matter what, it's a good idea to obtain a vehicle history report before signing the deal.

    Be sure to complete a proper title transfer. It's also imperative that you obtain car insurance and that you register your new vehicle right away.

    Buying a New Vehicle

    If you're buying a new vehicle in Connecticut, you are protected by the Lemon Law. The Lemon Law basically creates a binding arbitration procedure in case a new car under warranty cannot be successfully repaired to conform to the warranty after a number of tries. A consumer may apply for a ruling, which, if favorable to the consumer, can result in a replacement vehicle or a refund from the dealer/manufacturer.

    Selling a Used Vehicle

    If you sell a used vehicle in Connecticut, it is sold "as is," with no warranty or guarantee of any type. Once you complete the title transfer and create a bill of sale, the vehicle belongs to the new owner and you have no obligation.

    Selling a New Vehicle

    To sell a new motor vehicle, you must be a licensed car dealer and you must follow the state-mandated licensing rules, which govern advertising, sale circumstances, and warranties.

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