The Philadelphia City Council has introduced a used car lemon law to protect local consumers from getting duped by used car dealers. According to this NBC News article, this is the city’s first used car lemon law under which used car buyers have the opportunity to have the car inspected by a mechanic within 72 hours of purchase. If a major problem is found with the car, the buyer can either return the vehicle for repair or get their money back.
The new lemon law was a much needed one for Philadelphia to protect used car buyers from their mistakes. Common mistakes include buying a car without having it inspected by a mechanic or not obtaining a vehicle history report to find out about things like prior accidents or frame damage
Consumers who buy a defective used car in California have rights too. If the vehicle is new or still under manufacturer’s warranty you can bring a lemon law claim. If the vehicle came with a dealer’s warranty, you can bring a claim that the warranty has been violated. If the vehicle came without a warranty, but there has been some type of fraud or misrepresentation, you may have a claim pursuant to the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act which prohibits used car sellers from using deceptive practices to sell vehicles.
If you or someone you know has been stuck with a lemon vehicle or been lied to about the condition of their vehicle, please call the Law Office of Howard Silver for a free consultation.