Lemon Law When Buying a Used Car?

Buying a new car is rather expensive while buying a used car can save you big bucks. Yet, there are situations when buying a used car, you buy someone else’s problems as well. Federal Lemon Laws are meant to protect the consumers’ rights whose cars appeared to be ‘’lemon’’ just after the purchase. The Federal Lemon Laws generally cover new car purchases, unless the owner has a written warranty along with the used car. Some state legislatures also passed Lemon Law in favor of used car buyers as a result of frequent consumer problems with used cars.

The California Used Car Lemon Law, known as Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, protects consumers who have purchased or leased a used car that is still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. The Lemon Law also provides legal protection for demo vehicles, vehicles that have been repurchased and resold previously under Lemon Law with a manufacturer’s warranty, and the vehicles that have been given an extended manufacturer’s warranty.

If the defective used cars/vehicles meet the requirements of Used Car Lemon Law, the owner of the car/vehicle gets compensation in the form of a refund, replacement or cash reimbursement. The typical defective cars covered by the California Used Car Lemon Law are:

-Used cars/vehicles, sold with a written warranty from a manufacturer

-A defective car/vehicles, repurchased by a manufacturer and resold to consumers with a warranty covering all the defects.

-Used cars/vehicles purchased for personal, family and household purposes

-Used cars/vehicles (gross weight is below 10,000 pounds) used for business purposes where 5 or fewer vehicles are registered to the company.

As mentioned above, used cars must have an actual warranty to qualify for protection under the California Lemon Law. Yet, the warranty does not have to be the original warranty from the manufacturer. The dealership’s express written warranty can replace the original warranty and qualify a used car purchase for consumer protection laws. The defective cars that were repurchased as buybacks and resold by the manufacturer with new express written warranties covering the defect can also be qualified under the protection of California Used Car Lemon Law.

In some cases, used cars that are sold at dealerships have “as-is” stickers on them. This sticker suggests that the car’s defects or mechanical issues are the responsibility of the buyer. It is a way for a dealership to waive responsibilities through warranty. Note, that you may still have legal rights even if you bought a car labeled “as-is”, though some dealers will try to persuade you otherwise.  In such situations, a good Lemon Law attorney will protect your consumer rights and determine whether you are entitled to fair compensation or not.

Lemon Law cases for used cars are usually more complicated than those with new ones. The compensation amounts for used cars also differ from new ones. That is why hiring a professional Lemon Law attorney will work best for you. An experienced  Lemon Law attorney will help you benefit from used car Lemon Laws and get fair compensation.

Extremely knowledgeable and professional Lemon Law attorneys at the Margarian law firm will handle your used car Lemon Law case efficiently and fight for your rights to ensure you get the compensation you really deserve.