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Used-Car Lemons

In the state of California, lemon laws are in place to protect buyers of both new and used vehicles. If you have recently purchased or leased an unreliable used car that has been returned for a warranty repair a multitude of times, you may be entitled to a buyback or replacement. Used-car lemon cases can be difficult and typically require an experienced California lemon law attorney.

At Norman Taylor & Associates, we've been helping buyers of lemons obtain refunds or replacements for more than 30 years. We offer a free case evaluation to begin preparing a strong strategy to protect your rights.

Not All Lemons Are Yellow

In 2013, consumers who purchase their used vehicle at a "buy here, pay here" dealership in California will receive an added level of protection against used-car lemons. This kind of dealership specializes in older, high-mileage cars to provide mobilization to consumers who cannot qualify for a typical car loan.

The new law requires dealerships to issue a 30-day / 1,000-mile warranty for the used vehicle that is leased or sold. Under this warranty, consumers are given added protection under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requires manufacturers and sellers to provide customers with detailed information regarding their warranty coverage.


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Do you have a lemon?

You may be entitled to a replacement or refund if you have purchased or leased a used-car lemon, as long as your vehicle meets the following qualifications:

  • The car was sold with a warranty
  • The car has been in for repair repeatedly for the same defect
  • Or the car has been in for repair for an excessive number of days
  • The car has a substantial defect

If you have a lemon, you can read the book Norman Taylor wrote on lemon law and then speak with a California used-car lemon law lawyer from our firm. We have significant experience with many manufacturers and can use this insight to assist you with your case.

Can I Sue a Dealership for Selling Me a Bad Car?

Under California’s lemon law, you can sue a car dealership for selling you a bad car as long as you are able to prove the following:

  • You suffered financial losses
  • The dealer is liable for those losses

While the first of these points is typically easy to prove—if you had to pay for vehicle repairs, you have suffered financial losses—proving that the dealer is liable can be a bit trickier. In California, a car dealer cannot lie to customers about the condition of a vehicle; they also must disclose any issues with the vehicle, such as whether it has previously been in an accident.

In order to sue a dealership for selling you a lemon, however, you must prove that the vehicle you purchased is, in fact, considered a lemon and that you are protected by the state’s lemon law.

You are protected by California lemon law if your used vehicle has at least one of the following:

  • A dealer’s warranty
  • Some or all of the manufacturer’s warranty
  • A certified pre-owned warranty

Additionally, if the problem with your vehicle cannot be fixed after a “reasonable” number of repairs, your vehicle is considered a lemon.

If you have been sold a lemon, the dealership is required to buy back your vehicle or refund your money. If they fail to do so, you could take legal action against the dealership and file a lawsuit. We strongly recommend that you work with an experienced used car lemon law attorney, as these are very complex cases. At Norman Taylor & Associates, we are recognized as authorities on California lemon law. We know how to take on dealerships that engage in deceitful and unlawful practices. Contact us today to learn more about your rights and how we can help.


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Additional Resources

As you deal with the frustrations involving a used-car lemon, you will want an abundance of resources to help ensure you are set to conquer your case. Here are some resources we are pleased to provide you with and questions we have answered:

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