If you purchased a used car that now has relentless problems, all hope might not be lost. Used cars can be covered by the lemon law in California. There are a variety of different ways that the lemon laws might protect a used car. Regardless of what the used car dealership or private seller may have told you, it is worth it to discuss your options with a lemon law attorney.
If your car is even up to six or seven years old, the powertrain may still be protected by the original warranty from the dealership. It doesn’t matter if the car used to be a rental or how many owners it has had, as long as it is still under warranty.
While some manufacturers do provide pretty generous bump-to-bumper warranties (meaning everything on the car), like Volkswagen’s bumper-to-bumper warranty covers you for six years or 72,000 miles (whichever comes first). However, many lemon law cases concern the vehicle’s powertrain, which means a longer coverage period. The powertrain is what makes your go or things impacting your car’s ability to go:
Here are a few of the longest powertrain warranties from car manufacturers:
Yes, some used cars are sold with warranties from the dealership. These are generally short-term warranties like 30, 60, or 90 days. The dealership would have most likely mentioned any warranty they provide as they do like to use it as a selling point. If you aren’t sure, check your car paperwork or call the dealer where you bought it from.
California lemon laws are strong for new cars and, unfortunately, a bit ambiguous for used cars. However, federal lemon laws can apply and are more generous. The Uniform Commercial Code protects consumers who have purchased faulty goods. It does not spell out the definition of a “lemon,” which means a great attorney can work to persuade the court that your car qualifies, if necessary.
Additionally, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act protects consumers nationwide for “breach of warranty” and gives you the right to recover any money you spend on a lawyer if you win your case. Additionally, small claims court is also an option.
Set up a convenient meeting time without having to pick up the phone. When it’s time for your appointment, make sure to have the necessary documents handy (bill of sale, service records, the warranty). We look forward to evaluating your claim and are passionate about protecting consumers. There can be justice for problem used cars in California.