Illinois statutory used car warranty

Q. Three days ago I bought a used car from a dealer. The papers said "as is." I took it to a mechanic because it was making noises and check engine light came on. The mechanic told me that the engine, both axles and the axle bearings were damaged and had to be replaced. Also, the whole underside of the car is covered in rust. At first is wasn't noticeable but after further inspection they noticed some one painted the whole underside of the car in black truck bed liner to hide the damage. I called the dealer but they gave me the run around. I can never get a hold of a manager.
A. Illinois now has a statutory warranty on most used cars for the lesser of 15 days/ 500 miles. (815 ILCS 505/2L) It applies to the power train, defined as "the engine block, head, all internal engine parts, oil pan and gaskets, water pump, intake manifold, transmission, and all internal transmission parts, torque converter, drive shaft, universal joints, rear axle and all rear axle internal parts, and rear wheel bearings."  It applies to all used cars except:  (1) a vehicle with more than 150,000 miles at the time of sale: (2) a vehicle with a "rebuilt" or "flood" title; (3) a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,000 pounds or more; or (4) antique or collector vehicles.  It also does not apply if the dealer "offers" an express warranty that provides coverage that is equal to or greater than the statutory warranty.  "Offers" may not require that the consumer purchase the warranty.
The maximum liability of the seller is the purchase price paid.
The statutory warranty may not be disclaimed.    All agreements for the sale of used motor vehicles to which the warranty applies must include the statement that  "Illinois law requires that this vehicle will be free of a defect in a power train component for 15 days or 500 miles after delivery, whichever is earlier, except with regard to particular defects disclosed on the first page of this agreement. "Power train component" means the engine block, head, all internal engine parts, oil pan and gaskets, water pump, intake manifold, transmission, and all internal transmission parts, torque converter, drive shaft, universal joints, rear axle and all rear axle internal parts, and rear wheel bearings. You (the consumer) will have to pay up to $100 for each of the first 2 repairs if the warranty is violated.".  
Failure to include the statement makes the contract voidable.
Notify the dealer in writing of all problems, at least some of which may be covered. Use means providing proof of receipt. (Telephone notice preserves your rights, but is hard to prove.) Notice must be received within 15 days/ 500 miles.
The concealment of damage through the use of unusual paint may be consumer fraud. The dealer is not protected from liability by an "as is" clause if it knew of a serious defect and concealed it from you.

As soon as you have given notice, call us and arrange to get us all papers relating to the purchase, financing, repair, inspection, etc. We do not charge for consultation.

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