Lemon Laws & Used Cars

You will see some trends by doing a casual search regarding how many vehicles get sold in the U.S. each year. California usually sells the most cars, and most consumers prefer to buy their cars through dealerships. Over the last five years, even used car sales have been relatively steady. People may choose to purchase one because of how quickly cars depreciate, their level of disposable income, or because they simply don’t see the value in buying a new one. 

Used cars can still come at a premium. The Ford Truck F-Series continues to be one of the most popular make and models. Even one that is a year old and has less than 10,000 miles on it could cost in the neighborhood of $50,000. Anyone who purchases a product deserves to receive what they paid for. Because of how valuable a used car is, it is important to understand how lemon laws work concerning used cars. 

Do Lemon Laws Apply To Used Cars?

Lemon laws apply to used cars as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • The vehicle is under warranty
  • It was purchased through a dealer or other authorized retailer 

Sometimes people purchase used cars that are still under the original manufacturer’s warranty from when they were first sold. Dealers may add their own warranties as well. Both of which are protected under California’s lemon laws. The key to remember is that you have a manufacturer’s warranty rather than an “extended warranty.” 

Extended warranties likely cover specific components of the car. It is a dealer’s way of telling you that they have confidence in the car and will cover some or all of the costs associated with the repairs, depending on the specifics of the warranty. When your lemon law attorney asks if the car is “under warranty,” they are referring to the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you bought the car from a private seller, lemon laws do not apply. However, if you purchased it at a dealership, the steps for resolving the issues with your used car will look very similar to how you would handle a new one. 

San Diego Lemon Law 

If you are dealing with a car that needs continual repairs for the same issue, you may have bought a lemon. Fortunately, there are laws in California that will protect you. Contact San Diego to schedule a free consultation so we can learn more about the issues you are facing with your new (or used) car.

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