When purchasing a used car, truck, or motorcycle, don't sign away your legal rights! Most car dealers today have an arbitration clause and/or jury waiver included in your stack of sales documents when they sell you a used vehicle. It may be included on the front or back of your sales contract, often in small print, or in a completely separate document.
What is a jury waiver and why shouldn't you sign one? By signing a jury waiver, you are agreeing with the car dealer that if you have problems with your vehicle, you can file a lawsuit but that a judge and no a jury will decide your case. While juries can be unpredictable, they are often your best bet in auto fraud cases involving concealed defects and or frame damage because they can relate to you and the situation that you were placed in by the car dealer.
In the end, the best way to avoid an arbitration clause or jury waiver is not to sign one, but if you have already signed one, don't lose hope. Depending on the language of the arbitration clause or jury waiver, you may still be able to get your claims into court and/or before a jury. If you think that you may have claims against a local dealer, but signed an arbitration clause or jury waiver, consult a local attorney before giving up hope.
On the other hand, if you are about to purchase a used vehicle, then beware! Pay attention to all of the documents that you sign, because you could be signing away your legal rights without even knowing it.
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