Lemon Laws for Used Cars

To begin with, a “lemon” is a vehicle that has spent 30 days in the repair shop, been repaired at least three or four times for the same issue, or is defective in a manner which significantly decreases its market value or safety. While every state provides protection for consumers under Lemon Laws, very few have enacted a Lemon Law for used cars. Depending on your state and the circumstances pertaining to your purchase of a used car which is still under warranty, there may be a legal procedure in place for you to seek recompense.

Used Car Lemon Law Statutes

Currently, the only states that have Used Car Lemon Law statutes on their books are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New York, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Other than that, most states require that any used car dealer offer at least a minimal warranty. If you live in a state that does not have a Used Car Lemon Law, the biggest difference is that you never deal with the manufacturer, only with the dealership where you purchased your vehicle. In general, a dealership is only required to offer an extremely short warranty on used car purchases and if an issue arises, the only thing you can do is hope that your dealer might be reasonable and willing to work with you.

Still Within the Used Car Warranty Period?

If you are having issues with your used car, your first stop is the dealer who sold it to. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, do not wait. Contact the dealer as soon as possible. Keep records of everyone you talk to at the dealership, what was said, repair tickets, invoices, and all other documentation pertaining to issues with your used vehicle. To get the best results possible, let Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® represent you in negotiations with the used car dealership.