Does Lemon Law Apply to Used Cars?

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Yes, though it’s a bit more complicated with pre-owned vehicles. To backtrack a bit, lemon laws protect car buyers from unreliable cars, unscrupulous sellers, and warranty practices that are unfair and unreasonable. These laws can be used for both new and used vehicles, and they’re not available in all states. Keep on reading to learn more about lemon law below from Short Redmond SuperStore, your local used car dealer near Richmond!

 

 

How Do Lemon Laws Work?

There’s actually a federal lemon law in addition to individual state laws that vary depending on the state that you live in. In all situations, the issue/s with the car must happen while the car is still covered under warranty. Under federal law, there needs to be a record of attempts to fix the problem and the car needs to be 100% unusable due to the repairs for a total of at least 30 days (the days don’t have to be consecutive).

Which States Have Used Car Lemon Laws?

Does Kentucky have used car lemon laws? Unfortunately not, but even in states that have them, they often aren’t used successfully. When you buy a used car from a private seller in Winchester and Danville, you are at a higher risk than when you buy a new car from an established local dealership. This is just one difference between buying from a private seller and a dealership. While the law requires sellers to disclose major accidents, some sellers still withhold crucial information or take part in illegal practices to change the mileage of the car in order to make the car more appealing. The following states have used car lemon laws in place:

  • Connecticut
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York

What to Keep in Mind as a Buyer

Since you can’t rely on laws entirely, you should always inspect every inch of the car before making a purchase. Cars can be sold in any condition, so you need to be cautious and take every step necessary to protect yourself from costly repairs down the road! Here are some things you can do:

  • Visually inspect the car yourself.
  • Test drive the car in the area. See how it drives and notice if anything that seems “off.”
  • Have a mechanic complete a visual and mechanical inspection to ensure there are no major problems.

Shop Quality Used Cars from Short Redmond SuperStore!

Short Redmond SuperStore is an established, leading used car dealer in Kentucky. We have been in business for many years and we always inspect each and every car thoroughly before it is up for sale! When you look for your next car at our Lexington lot, you can trust that you’re buying a quality car. Contact us if you want to see our selection in person and feel free to apply for financing online!

 

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