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Selling an 08 car with non-functional TPMS

Any opinions or knowledge of the legality of a used car dealer selling a 2008 car with a non functional tire pressure monitor system? Is the used car dealer required to ensure the TPMS is functional prior to selling the car?
A friend bought a used car and had a flat tire 6 months later. It turned out that the flat had no sensor installed.

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Used cars are typically sold as is.

The only exception would be if there is a warranty in place, specific assurances in the sales contract or a statute (codified law) in the place where the car was sold that would import such a requirement.

This is another reason I always suggest a PPI for a used car. That way you find such things out before the sale.

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TPMS is a convenience, it's not mission-critical. On my Focus, for example, it's all but useless, because it will tell you a tire is low, but won't tell you which one.

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TPMS was not mandatory in 2008. it was an option. Even with TPMS he would still have had a flat, just a little later. I wouldn't hold the dealer responsible. He cannt see inside a tire prior to sale.
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TPMS must have been disabled with diagnosis tools from that car if there was no cluster message when (at least) one tyre did not have a sensor. The car should have had tyre pressure loss warning system activated, the feature that works from ABS/ESP sensors and does it quite well.
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