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Family Purpose Doctrine

Young v. Beck, 227 Ariz. 1, 251 P.3d 380 (2011)

Following an accident that occurred while 17-year-old Jason Beck was using a vehicle in a manner expressly unpermitted by his parents, the Arizona Supreme Court broadly applied the family-purpose doctrine. The Court found that, even where a vehicle is being used in contravention of its expected use, the doctrine applies if implied consent has been given by the parents’ initial decision to furnish a vehicle for the pleasure and convenience of the family members.