What is an Implied Warranty of Merchantability?

In every sale between a merchant and a consumer, there exists an implied warranty of merchantability. This means that the goods bought will be fit for their ordinary use. For example, if you buy a golf club from a golf shop, there is an implied warranty in the sale that the golf club will perform as it was designed to. If the first time you swing the club, the head falls off, then the implied warranty of merchantability has been breached. 

In the case of a buying a car.... warranting that the a car will run is an example of a warranty of merchantability. This promise applies to the basic functions of a car. It does not cover everything that could go wrong.  However, breakdowns and other problems after the sale don't prove the seller breached the warranty of merchantability. A breach occurs only if the buyer can prove that a defect existed at the time of sale. A problem that occurs after the sale may be the result of a defect that existed at the time of sale or not. As a result, a car dealer's liability is judged case by case.

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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