Can a dealership sell a used car that has headlights and taillights that fail state inspection?

UPDATED: Nov 26, 2011

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Can a dealership sell a used car that has headlights and taillights that fail state inspection?

I bought a used car less than a year ago that had blackouts, dark lenses on the tail lights and headlights. I went to get it inspected but I was told it failed because of the lights. I have tried to remove the tint but it is very difficult and appears to be done professionally. I am wondering if it was legal for the dealership to sell me this car without telling me about this problem.

Asked on November 26, 2011 under General Practice, Texas


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you bought a motor vehicle from a dealership, the vehicle should have had proper registration, licensing and passed inspections such as smog and the like in place when you acquired it.

You can go back to the dealership and make a complaint about the purchase due to the improper tinting upon it where the headlights and tail lights failed to pass inspection presumably from your department of motor vehicles. The problem that I see is that you will have waited close to a year post purchase to voice any concerns to the dealership that you acquired the auto from before voicing any complaints.


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