Lemon Law: For Used Cars, Too?

When it comes to used car dealers, the law can unfortunately become the only recourse in dealing with them. The kinds of problems encountered can range from defective vehicles not sold as such to blatant rip-offs in which the buyer never gets the vehicle. In fact, a Springfield, Massachusetts used car dealer was just arrested due to several complaints of purchasers never actually receiving the vehicles they paid for, or in some cases never obtaining titles. The local news agency covering the case is also reminding viewers of the state’s lemon laws and encouraging anyone who thinks they have a case against this particular dealer to come forward.

The legendary portrayal of a used car dealer as a shyster is in some cases unfortunately true. While there are certainly many dealers who are honest and forthright, profit margins are small, economic times are tough, and the “little white lie” told in an effort to get that vehicle moved off the lot is often all too tempting.

According to leading California lemon law attorney Norman Taylor, one of the first defenses a buyer has is to make sure they obtain a warranty with any used car purchased. “A buyer should consider carefully before buying a vehicle without the valuable protections that warranties can provide,” Taylor said. “Most commonly, used vehicles are sold ‘as is’ or ‘with all faults.’ Such vehicles do not come with any warranties at all, either express or implied.”

Taylor speaks from long experience. He has been a lemon law specialist since 1987, and he and his firm, Norman Taylor and Associates, have handled over 8,000 cases for consumers with a 98 percent success rate.

Used car buyers should make sure the dealer offers a written limited warranty with the vehicle they are selling.

A warranty is not a guarantee that any problems will be addressed, however. Like new car dealers, used car dealers can be notorious for not actually fixing a problem despite several “attempts” and there are cases on record in which the dealer manages to drag the problem out until the warranty expires. Hence it is best to contact a lemon law attorney right away when a buyer perceives that they might have been sold a lemon.

There are many cases in which lemon laws cover the sale of a used car. If you feel you have purchased a lemon, it is best to contact a qualified lemon law attorney right away.

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