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I Bought a Used Car, Do I Have Any Rights?

All states in the U.S. have lemon laws that cover new vehicles with serious defects. But are there any laws that protect consumers who end up with a faulty used car? The short answer is, “yes.” Just because you didn’t buy a new car, doesn’t mean you don’t have rights if something goes wrong. Luckily, there are used car lemon laws in many states, too. 

Let’s take a closer look at your consumer rights when buying a used car!

You Are Protected – Even With a Used Car

The used car lemon law provides a legal remedy for buyers of used cars that turn out to be lemons. Though state laws vary, the main requirement of this law is that the vehicle must still be under the manufacturer’s warranty. If this is the case, then the lemon law will apply to your used vehicle in the same manner that it applies to a new vehicle.  

What if Your State Doesn’t Have a Used Car Lemon Law?

As already mentioned, not all states have a used car lemon law. If your state doesn’t have the law too, you may still have other legal options (especially if any laws have been violated during the vehicle purchase). 

Besides, there are many states that do not have an explicit lemon law for used vehicles, but a used car dealership may be required to provide a warranty for your used vehicle from one month to a year after purchase. Under this warranty, dealers must repair (free of charge) any defect in covered parts. If the dealer is unable to repair the car after a reasonable number of attempts, you’ll likely be entitled to a replacement or refund!

Used Cars Sold without a Warranty

When you buy a used car “as is” (aka without a warranty), the dealer is almost never responsible for the repair costs if your newly purchased used car turns out to be defective. If you think that the seller sold an “as is” vehicle without following necessary legal procedure, only in that case you may have a legal case. 

Long story short, buying a used vehicle with no warranty is risky and you will likely end up spending more if it turns out to be defective. 

Consult with a Lemon Law Attorney

Lemon laws can be quite confusing. Attorneys at the Margarian Law Firm are ready to help you. Dial (818) 553 -1000 right away for a FREE consultation. One of our lemon law lawyers will quickly evaluate if you have a lemon law case, guide your steps accordingly, and deliver the best possible results!

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