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Implied warranty Buyers Guide needed by Illinois dealers to sell used cars beginning July 1

June 30, 2017
A different version of the FTC Buyers Guide that the CATA has distributed takes effect July 1 for Illinois dealers selling a used car, with "as is" wording replaced by "implied warranty" language.
The CATA does not yet have printed copies to give to members, but will in early July. Until then, a pdf of the document must suffice.
The new law requires dealers to extend an implied warranty on most used vehicles for 15 days or 500 miles, whichever occurs first. The coverage concerns power train components only, not bumper-to-bumper coverage. The law does not apply to vehicles with more than 150,000 miles at the time of sale, to vehicles that have been branded "rebuilt" or "flood," or to antiques, defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code as being 25 years old.
A dealer’s maximum liability for repairs under the new law is limited to the purchase price paid for the used vehicle, to be refunded to the consumer in exchange for the vehicle.
If repairs are needed, the customer is obligated to pay one-half the cost, up to $100, on the first two repairs, or a maximum of $100 if a second repair is needed for the same defect.
A consumer can waive the implied warranty if the dealer fully and accurately discloses a defect (using this form) and the consumer elects to buy it after the disclosure.
Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has not acted on legislation that would clear up certain elements of the new law, specifically what components are covered by the implied warranty and where a new descriptive statement should appear among the paperwork involved in a vehicle sale. 
House Bill 1560, which cleared the General Assembly June 24, allows for the language to appear on a separate document, because if the dealership provides coverage that is "equal to or greater than" the limited implied warranty, the latter would not have to be discussed with the customer.
The bill before Rauner states that the implied warranty would cover vehicles "for the purpose of ordinary transportation on the public highway;" it does not cover vehicles involved in racing, towing, or abuse or neglect.
The CATA is tracking the bill’s status and will alert the membership when the governor acts.