Is My Car's Nonconformity A Substantial Impairment?

The nonconformity you are alleging must substantially impair your car`s use, safety, or value. Substantially impairs means to render the car unfit, unreliable, or unsafe for warranted or normal use or to significantly diminish the value of the car. You may be able to prove the car`s use is impaired if one of its major systems is defective or if the defect prevents it from being used in a normal fashion. A car`s value may be decreased by conditions that would lead a buyer to pay much less than the market price for a comparable car that does not have the defect.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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