Can a Dealer Sell a Lemon?

Categories: Lemon Law

Can a Dealer Sell a Lemon?

Have you ever thought about what you would do if a car dealer sold you a lemon or bad vehicle? It is not uncommon for a car dealership to sell a lemon vehicle by failing to disclose accidents or damages that were done to the vehicle.

A car in California is usually considered a lemon if within the first 18 months of purchase or 18,000 miles …

  • A minimum of two attempts were made to repair a warranty issue that could cause serious injury or death.
  • A minimum of four attempts were made to repair an issue during the factory warranty.
  • The car was in the shop for more than 30 days since you have owned it.

Undisclosed Vehicle History

If a car is a lemon and the dealership took it back from a previous owner, this fact must be disclosed to you if you decide to buy the vehicle. But not every dealership is honest about the history of such vehicles. If you suspect that your vehicle has undisclosed problems, a good way to check is to get the car’s CARFAX report. This report will indicate whether the dealership sold you a vehicle that was a lemon, was in accidents or had other damages, such as from a flood.

Consider this example: Say that you bought a used car and you almost got into a T-bone car accident because the brakes did not work right. You take the car back to the dealership to have it repaired. The dealership says that the issue is fixed, but you still have trouble stopping the car as quickly as it should. You get the CARFAX report, and you discover that the car was in several accidents before because of brakes, and the frame may have been damaged.

Vehicles such as in this example are usually considered lemons. You may be able to sue the dealership for selling you a used lemon.

Steps to Take If the Dealership Sold You a Bad Used Car

Used cars under factory warranty are covered by the California Lemon Law. If you were sold a lemon, the attorneys at Neale & Fhima can help you to take the car back and get a refund or have the dealer pay for repairs or pre-existing damage.

When the dealership knows that you are represented by an experienced lemon law attorney, they may be more likely to work something out with you.

Have an Unreliable New Vehicle? Talk to A Lemon Law Attorney Now

When you buy a new car, you expect it to be free of defects. It should be totally reliable. But this is not always the case. Some new vehicles have serious reliability problems that affect their use, value or safety, or all three.  Some of them have serious defects that affect use, value and/or safety. If you have been taking your new vehicle under factory warranty into the dealership for regular repairs, you may have a valid lemon law claim. Talk to the lemon law attorneys of Neale & Fhima today to see whether you have a claim.