Used Cars and Lemon Law

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Buying a used car can be a good way to save some money as long as it is not faulty. In the case of new cars, manufacturing errors are covered by the warranty and by lemon laws. Lemon laws are meant to protect the consumer from purchasing faulty products. It is most common when it comes to cars. If the vehicle has manufacturing errors that endanger the life of the driver, those errors need to be fixed by the dealership. After several unsuccessful attempts, the customer is entitled to a refund or another model.

When it comes to used cars, the situation is a bit complicated. For once, it is harder to prove that the car was defective before you bought it. If you buy the car without a warranty, you don't get any protection at all! The Californian lemon law protects used cars sold with a new car warranty. In this case, the repairs will have to be made by the manufacturer and not the dealership. For example, if you buy a Honda from a Toyota dealership, your car will have to be repaired at a Honda dealership.

Only a few states have laws that protect used car buyers: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, Minnesota and New Jersey. In all of these states the law states that a used car must come with a warranty based on the state and mileage of the vehicle. If the customer experiences problems during the warranty period, the dealer has to repair any errors. After several unsuccessful attempts, the customer is entitled to a refund or a new product.

If you have bought a lemon it is important to act quickly! First, you will need information. A vehicle history report can disclose many hidden facts which the dealer didn't mention. This alone can sometimes be enough to entitle you to a refund. A visit to a good mechanic is also recommended and can be of great help. A mechanic can identify manufacturing errors and faulty parts. File a complaint to the dealership from where you have bought the car. If you do not get a refund or a new vehicle, you can hire a lawyer that specializes in lemon law. A good attorney will tell you if you have a case or not, and he or she can guide you through the whole process.

In conclusion, lemon laws for used cars vary from state to state. Make sure you always check the car's history before you buy it!

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