Under the law of most states, for a vehicle to be considered a lemon, the car must 1) have a “substantial defect,” covered by warranty, that occurs within a certain time after purchase, and 2) continue to have the defect after a “reasonable number” of repair attempts.
Are used cars covered under the lemon law?
Despite the fact that a used car is a much more likely candidate to be a “lemon,” federal lemon laws generally cover only new vehicle purchases. But there is one major exception: if the owner has received an express written warranty along with the used vehicle, then federal lemon law will likely cover the used car.
Does the California lemon law apply to used vehicles?
A Manufacturer’s Duty to Repair. The California Used Car Lemon Law provides the manufacturer and its authorized dealers with a reasonable number of attempts to repair the defects or nonconformities in a used car or vehicle under warranty before they are required to buy back a vehicle or compensate the owner.
What would be considered a lemon car?
In order to qualify as a lemon under most state laws, the car must: have a substantial defect covered by the warranty that occurred within a certain period of time or number of miles after you bought the car, and. not be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts.
How long does it take to settle a lemon law case?
How long does the process take? Usually, California Lemon Law can reach a settlement with the manufacturer within 30-90 days. Most of the cases close within 30 days.
Should I buy a lemon law buyback?
The law states the manufacturer must make the vehicle a safe operating vehicle, refund the purchase, or offer a replacement. Manufacturers are not required to repair a lemon law buyback before listing it for sale; they only have to divulge the vehicle’s status as a lemon law buyback.
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