Arizona Lemon Law Statute (44-1261)

Arizona Attorney General

A self-propelled vehicle designated primarily for the transportation of persons or property over the public highways. Only the chassis portion of a motor home is covered. 4 repair attempts or 30 calendar days out of service. Warranty period, 2 years or 24,000 miles.

15 days, 500 miles used.

Buying a Car in Arizona

If you purchase a used car "AS IS" the Used Motor Vehicle Warranties - "Lemon Law" A.R.S. 44-1267 guarantees that the car will be fit for ordinary purposes for 15 days or 500 miles after delivery.

Purchasing and insuring a car requires signing a legally binding contract. According to Arizona law you must be 18 years of age or older to enter into a contract.

There is no three-day cooling off rule when purchasing a car! (new or used) You DO NOT have three days to cancel the contract - this is a myth!

Check various publications for repair records on particular cars to determine reliability.

Check a car dealer's reputation with the Better Business Bureau by visiting their website.

Find out whether the car comes with a warranty and what warranties the dealer will honor and service.

If you purchase a used car from another person (individual) this is considered a "private" sale and if you cannot settle problems with the seller, you may need to consider Small Claims Court, Justice Court, or Superior Court for help.

Always get a used car inspected by an independent mechanic (not at the dealership) BEFORE you buy the car.

Get ALL promises in writing!

Before purchasing a service contract - consider what possible repairs might be needed, the costs of service contract deductibles, exactly what is covered and what is NOT covered;

READ, READ, READ any contract BEFORE signing to determine if the service contract terms are acceptable and meets your needs.

Research new car features, dealer's costs, shop around to get the best possible deal, and be prepared to negotiate.

If you need to finance your new car, please remember that getting your financing through the dealership may not be the best deal for you. Always contact financial lenders directly (i.e., your bank or credit union) and research all the terms of financing to get the best deal for you.

Don't forget insurance! (Arizona law requires it!) For more information contact the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles and the Arizona Department of Insurance.